Can I feed older chickens grower food??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sundevil, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. sundevil

    sundevil Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four chickens and I have to get rid of one of them because he is a roo. I am thinking about introducing another chicken and would like to possibly get an older one but would it still be able to eat the grower food??? Any hints on introducing a new chicken???


    Thanks!!!
     
  2. superduperchick

    superduperchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't speak on account of the feedng situation but whenever you introduce new hickens to yor flock you want to introduce them in pairs if possible. However, since you are introducing an older chicken to younger ones she may take a mothering role and be fine even if she is the only one her age. When you introduce her, have her interat with your flock for short periods of time before se lives with them full time. Good luck!
     
  3. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, chickens can be fed on grower food forever. It's not necessarily cost-efficient and for hens you need additional calcium such as oyster shell, but it's certainly not going to hurt anything.

    Please be careful about introducing a chicken from somewhere random (I'm assuming the ones you have are from a hatchery). Most people recommend a 30-day separation period to ensure you are not bringing in diseases.
     

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