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About what age

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PaPa Charlie, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. PaPa Charlie

    PaPa Charlie In the Brooder

    Jul 30, 2012
    About what age should I switch to regular chicken feed? My chicks are only 4 weeks old this Saturday, and we just purchased a new bag of starter feed. After this feed is gone, would it be ok to switch to layer feed? When can I start the cracked corn and scratch?

    Also, the chicks are outgrowing the brooder, (28 chicks in a 4 x 2 x 2 foot high brooder), and we are planning on letting them loose in the coop this weekend or next week. If I keep the heat lamp on, will the chicks be ok? What about letting the chicks on the roost?


    Sweet corn Charlie

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    No Calcium content in layer feed is much too high for Chicks.
  3. Frizzle13

    Frizzle13 Songster

    Sep 16, 2012
    Only start to mix in corn when u take them off heat otherwise stick to starter feed until they are about 20 weeks old. If they look abit feeble then add in some growers pellets

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