Broiler finisher feed vs layer feed

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jojosmith, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. Jojosmith

    Jojosmith Hatching

    Sep 21, 2014
    I'm new at raising backyard chickens. My first hen was given to me already laying. Her eggs are larger than extra large store bought eggs and yummy. I got 2 more pullets. From about 12 weeks, they were given broiler finisher feed[​IMG] by mistake. Now they are about 20 weeks. One of them just started laying. The other one will start anytime. I've switched to layer feed and supplementing with crushed oyster shells. Did I adversely affect my new layers by giving them broiler feed for a couple of months? What should I expect?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I doubt you did any harm. You just gave them a very high protein feed. If you had fed this for years on end, it would probably cause issues, but not the short period of time you fed this. Young chicks and pullets can handle some high proteins at that age since they are growing so fast.

    Make sure to offer up the oyster shell on the side as well if they need more calcium.

    Congrats on the first eggs!!! Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I think that your hens will be fine. The layer feed that you are now giving them will provide them with the calcium that they need for egg production. Broiler grower feed is simply a high-protein feed designs for rapid growth. Your hens didn't need that, but it shouldn't have harmed them.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes, they'll be fine. Just put them back on the other feed until they reach 18 weeks.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Congratulations on those first eggs! X3, the little extra protein shouldn't make any difference with your girls for the time you had them on it.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chirping

    Jun 8, 2014
    Long Island, NY
    Welcome to BYC!

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