Can laying hens have non-medicated chick starter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Aquatic_blue, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Aquatic_blue

    Aquatic_blue Chirping

    May 14, 2019
    I am kind of curious if laying hens can have non-medicated chick starter crumble. They currently eat a layer crumble, but I wonder if a non-medicated chick starter crumble would be harmful to them. Why or why not?

    Here and the ingredients:

    Wheat Middlings, Corn, Soybean Meal, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Calcium Carbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bentonite, Salt, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Ferrous Carbonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Propionic Acid (A Preservative).

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein (min.) 20.00%
    Lysine (min.) 1.00%
    Methionine (min.) 0.50%
    Crude Fat (min.) 3.00%
    Crude Fiber (max.) 6.00%
    Calcium (min.) 1.00%
    Calcium (max.) 1.50%
    Phosphorus (min.) 0.70%
    Salt (min.) 0.25%
    Salt (max.) 0.75%
    Sodium (max.) 0.50%.
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  2. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    They can have chick crumble and will usually enjoy it since it has higher protein. My hens were happy to clean up after any mess my chicks made.
  3. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

    Apr 13, 2016
    NC IL
    Absolutely. They can even have medicated provided it's just amprolium added, which it usually is. You don't really want them on that long term, but there's no problem with them finishing off a bag.
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Absolutely. They can stay on it for life. BUT you need to offer a supplemental source of calcium for active layers. Keep a full container of oyster shell very near the feeder. I also toss some in the run and pen with a handful of mealworms to encourage them to eat it. I do this with new layers as sometimes they don't realize what the OS is there for.
  5. silkiekeeper

    silkiekeeper Songster

    May 16, 2018
    SE Minnesota
    My Coop
    I feed my flock starter. Just be sure they have oyster shell available 24/7 for calcium.
  6. Aquatic_blue

    Aquatic_blue Chirping

    May 14, 2019
    Thanks everyone =) we have oyster shell out for them so it doesn't sound like an issue. Thanks!
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  7. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    I never use medicated problem setup when they do sick nothing will help yes layer can eat starter higher protein
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  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Nothing is available to my flock 24/7, except shelter. Beyond that they only access feed, water, and other treats or supplements during the light hours.

    Making sure that it's in an easy access location is more key... so they see it often. Like next to the feed or near the doorway. :)

    "Starter" feed is okay for hens as long as they also have a calcium source available. The main difference is protein and calcium levels. Also the amino acid level is often higher in starter feeds than layer.

    Now, in truth... It may actually be better for them than layer. My birds go through less drastic molts and recover faster... since I started feeding higher protein than layers' typical 16%. Feathers are made from 90% protein and it's amino acids.

    Regardless of what it's called layer, starter, all flock, flock raiser, grower, finisher... it's all about protein and calcium followed by amino acids. The "starter" feed I use has 22% protein... I hate these confusing words the companies use... Supposed to make it easier for us to. :lol:
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  9. Henry&Friends

    Henry&Friends Songster

    May 6, 2018
    Chickens can eat just about anything, so yeah they can. But if you switch their food to it, make sure you give them some calcium- egg shells and oyster shells are popular.
  10. Mosey2003

    Mosey2003 Crowing

    Apr 13, 2016
    NC IL
    Unless you're finding medicated with actual medication in it rather than the normal coccidiostat, this is untrue. Corid doesn't hurt them a bit, or impact their future treatment.

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