6.5 week old, layer hens....switch from chick starter to Pullet Grower

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenbike, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    My Patridge Chanteclers are 6.5 weeks old and still on chick starter.

    Do I now gradually switch them to a Pullet Grower/Developer?
    Then once they lay their first egg, I switch them again to a Layer Feed?

    Thank you for any help!
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    [​IMG] I normally don't switch them from chick starter until they're close to laying age and then switch them to laying crumbles. Maybe I've been doing it wrong all along! [​IMG]
  3. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    This is what I'm trying to sort out......I've read about keeping them on chick starter until the first egg. This was my plan.....until I read about "pullet grower/developer".....now I'm a bit confused!
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    My feed store doesn't carry a grower feed, so mine will be on starter until they start laying.
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    If they are on a starter/grower feed then you just use that until they go to layer feed around 17 - 20 weeks old (depending on breeds).

    If they are on a starter only (as it sounds) then you will want to switch them to the grower feed around 8 to 10 weeks old. Then to the layer at 17 to 20 weeks old.

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