Can layer feed hurt 12 week old Orpingtons?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 2OLD2BAChick, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. 2OLD2BAChick

    2OLD2BAChick New Egg

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    One of my 17 week old Rhode Island Reds started laying this past weekend. We have 5 other birds her age. But... we also have three 12 week old Buff Orpingtons. They are all living happily together. My question is: should I mix layer feed into the Gro-Cal or will one feed hurt the other birds? Thanks!
     
  2. EncinoMan

    EncinoMan Out Of The Brooder

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    How about feeding everybody grower rations with free-choice oyster shell on the side? Once your entire flock is of laying age, you could switch to layer feed.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Feed them anything but layer, at this point. You can always provide the calcium on the side, in shell form.
     
  4. 2OLD2BAChick

    2OLD2BAChick New Egg

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    Thank you so much! I will get the oyster shell. It sounds less risky than feeding them all the mixed food. We've been so blessed and are enjoying our girls immensely; I would not risk harming them. Thanks for your help!
     
  5. Miss717

    Miss717 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told by employee at local farm store (he also raised poultry in the past) that the main difference between grower and layer is the amount of protein.
     
  6. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Protein is not the problem but the level of calcium.
     
  7. quinkerton

    quinkerton Out Of The Brooder

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    What will it do to them? I have always fed mine layer at 12 weeks. They are all mixed in with the older gals at that point and will get to it anyway? I have never had a problem with any of my hens.
     
  8. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 on this.
     
  9. Miss717

    Miss717 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can someone tell me why too much calcium too young is a problem. I'm new at this and I mix layer, hen scratch and oyster shell together and feed it to all of my chickens.
     
  10. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told that too much calcium for younger chickens can cause kidney damage.
     

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