Bantam feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crooked stripe, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to bantams. I have 6 that are now10 weeks. How soon can I start feeding pellets over crumbles? All 6 of my 10 month olds are eating starter and not touching their layer pellets. I am loosing a lot of feed in the bedding.
     
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    they can eat the feed now.. my 5-6 month olds were eating pellets. you just have to be careful with big pellets, whole corn, and other large grain as it will choke them,
     
  3. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    6 months is a long way that 2.5 months. Maybe I am not unerstanding you.
     
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
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    If they are layer pellets (with added calcium) you will not want to give them to birds that are not of laying age yet.
     
  5. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
  6. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good point, I didn't think of that. The layers shells have not shown any effect as of yet. I just have a 100 lbs of pellets and the only thing being eaten is starter.
     
  7. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    My Old English Game Bantams are too small to eat pellets. I feed mine 16% layer crumbles if thier not eating them the pellets may be too big for them [​IMG]
     
  8. @migocontodos~

    @migocontodos~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    You've got the 10 week olds and the 10 months olds mixed?

    IF this is the case, I'd suggest you seperate them until the 10 week olds are closer to the point of lay, say around 18 to 20 weeks of age. then you can put them all together and they will all be eating laying pellets. Right now, the younger ones really do need to be eating the starter feed to help ensure bettre development!


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  9. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:OH sorry, i misread earlier. Thought you said "10 months"
     
  10. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the chickens are eating starter. Miss Prissy says it is a protein thing. Must taste better. My broody has taught the older chickens a good lesson and they all live in harmony. Egg production is way down now that winter has set in. The only time I see the chickens is when I feed, water, collect 1or2 eggs a day and close up the coop at night. I hate winter!!!!!!
     
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