Can mature chickens eat chick Grower?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sunnybunbuns, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Sunnybunbuns

    Sunnybunbuns New Egg

    Jun 17, 2016
    I have 8 adult hens and six 8 week old chicks. Can I feed my adult hens chick Grower?
  2. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Yes you can till your 8 week olds turn 16 weeks then put them all back on the layer pellets..
    Keep out the oyster shell. the chicks wont bother with it.
  3. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    The starter/grower has higher % protein than layer feed; no problem there other than generating more expensive poop. The grower finisher has lower % protein than layer; I wouldn't want to lower my laying hen's protein intake. But in the big scheme of things it won't make much difference.
  4. chickens really

    chickens really True BYC Addict

    Layer pellets are too hard on young birds organs.Older birds are fine during an introduction of younger pullets/Cockerels on grower feed...Yes, feed it too them.
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    CL13 raises a good point. The Grower is lower in protein than layer. I'd keep the flock on an unmedicated starter, or put them on a multi flock which should be around 18-20% protein. Or, if you use the grower, you could supplement the hens with some extra protein, plus the oyster shell. Got any old meat in your freeze that needs to be cleaned out?
  6. Sunnybunbuns

    Sunnybunbuns New Egg

    Jun 17, 2016
    Thank you all so much!! This helped a lot.

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