Can I Feed Layer Feed Yet??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TwoCrows, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    My 4 Australorp girls will be 24 weeks old in a few days. They have not yet started laying but look like they will be soon. I have about 1 weeks worth of chick starter feed left and have already purchased layer feed. If I run out of feed and they are not yet laying, is it ok to start feeding the layer feed? Will the higher calcium harm them at this point? Thanks... Leyla [​IMG]
     
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Yes you can start layer feed at 24 week without worry....
     
  3. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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  4. tclegg

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    Quote:X2--no problems [​IMG]
     
  5. mewantseggs

    mewantseggs Out Of The Brooder

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    What about feeding them grower? Thats what I was told to feed mine when I got them, now I read here that people are still feeding starter. Will my chickens have any problems? Mine are only 16 weeks old.
     
  6. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go ahead and start them anytime. I just went ahead and mixed the starter with the layer feed so I didn't have any leftovers or waste. You will be getting eggs soon! [​IMG]
     
  7. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the starter medicated? If you start getting eggs while being on the medicated feed--you need to take them off that feed and wait 4 weeks to make sure it is out of their system--so you are not eating medicated eggs...
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Thanks for all the replies!! I had figured it might be ok to start them on the layer feed, but wanted to be sure first. I am still new to chickens. No, my starter feed is not medicated, so no problems there.

    Thanks again, and I am sooooo anxious for that first egg, I am about to burst!! [​IMG]
     
  9. ChickenSahib

    ChickenSahib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait, you're telling me if we're feeding medicated feed we can't eat the eggs if they're still on it?

    Oh noooooooooooooooo.[​IMG]
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Most feed Co.'s will use one of two types of medications in there medicated chick starter as a active ingredient.

    First type,
    Amprolium which goes by the trade names Corid and Amprovine, Amprolium, Amprol, Anticoccid and is a thiamine analog, competitively inhibits the active transport of thiamine (B1).
    According to the Amprolium site there is no withdrawal periods in both eggs and poultry meat.

    The second type,
    Lasalocid goes by the trade name Bovatec. Bovatec (lasalocid) is a coccidiocide that kills coccidia. It is an ionophore that moves potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium into the cell causing the cell to burst. Bovatec works primarily on a single developmental stage of coccidia, providing a more narrow range of action than Deccox.
    There is no withdrawal required because Lasalocid is confined to the alimentary canal of the bird.


    Chris
     

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