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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Little Rock,Arkansas
    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. TurkeyMountainChickens

    TurkeyMountainChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2009
    Central Virginia
    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Or switch everyone to Flockraiser w/ oyster shell on the side for the layers.
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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