8 wk olds getting into layer feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Why and Dotte, May 20, 2010.

  1. Why and Dotte

    Why and Dotte Songster

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    When it comes to babies and layer feed, how much is too much? Between the big girls and them I don't think they're getting alot, the babies food is unaccessable to the hens so they're getting all they need.
    The calcium percentage is 3.5% min. 4.0% max on the layer feed, the grower feed is 0.9% min. 1.0% max
    I I keep my hens free ranging for about 7-8 hours a day then the remainder they're in with the little ones, I put their layer feed in and of course the babies are drawn to that feeder [​IMG] I've put it up higher, but at this age they're masters at flying and easily get into anything, it's easier for the babies to reach a higher feeder than my hens [​IMG].
     
  2. Silly chickies!

    You could just switch everyone over to chick starter, and then offer the big girls oyster shell or other calcium supplement free choice.
     
  3. homeschoolmama

    homeschoolmama Songster

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    Or switch everyone to Flockraiser w/ oyster shell on the side for the layers.
     
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    Quote:Agreed. I give mine small curd cottage cheese, they really"purrr" as they gobble it up!
     

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