Almost out of chick crumble...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by StarLover21, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    So I have three younger chickens, two black stars, 13 weeks, and one white leghorn, 25 weeks, not laying yet. I'm almost out of chick crumble, a bag that lasted them their whole chickhood, and don't really want to get more since they will be laying soon enough. Can I just feed them laying crumble?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    The leghorn would not be a problem, but I would not feed 13 week olds Layer because of the calcium. I suggest you get a bag of Grower and some oyster shell. Offer the oyster shell on the side. It's kind of surprising, but if they need the calcium they'll eat it. If they don't need it, they won't eat enough to do any harm.

    The Layer and Grower are both 16% protein and the other nutrients are also essentually the same. The only significant difference is the percent calcium. That's what I do when I have a mixed age flock.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by