3 month old chickens switch to layer feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by birdlegs7075, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:16 PM.

  1. birdlegs7075

    birdlegs7075 Chirping

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    My chickens are 3 months old. Is that too early to switch them to layer feed?

    I'm about to run out of starter/grower and not sure whether to buy anymore if they are close to laying. I can get a 50lb bag of layer feed for the same price as a 25lb bag of starter/grower.
     
  2. hereford_girl_01

    hereford_girl_01 In the Brooder

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    If I was you I would keep them on starter/grower till about 4-4 1/2 months old.
     
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  3. mixedbreeds

    mixedbreeds Songster

    Yes I would wait on the layer probably till I seen an egg. The extra calcium isn’t good for them if they are not laying.
     
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  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    I would get the starter/grower and if some do happen to start laying before you use it up, just keep them on it until it's all gone.
     
  5. Timothy Menezes

    Timothy Menezes Songster

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    Its still to early, what breed(s) are you raising? Leghorn's and Layer Hybrids you wanna start around 16 to 18 weeks, larger heritage types are 18 to 20 weeks. Also the fact that its winter time will likely delay this even longer unless your running some additional lighting for them.

    When you do switch, do it gradually. Slowly up their layer portion and decrease the grower over a week or two. Changing feeds suddenly is hard on their system.
     
  6. imnukensc

    imnukensc Songster

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    I'd just switch them to an all flock/ flock raiser.
     
  7. birdlegs7075

    birdlegs7075 Chirping

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    They are white leghorns. I just figured up that I am giving them around 1 lb of food per day for 6 chickens so a 25 lb bag should last 25 days.

    I don't really have any extra lighting for laying, just a solar porch light is what I call it. It is dark in the coop.
     
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  8. Timothy Menezes

    Timothy Menezes Songster

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    Well done, I love my Leghorns. So productive, and quick/alert when it comes to preditors.
     

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