change feed after two weeks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Countrypunk92, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got two week old chicks, we fed them medicated feed, but would you think it would be fine to go a higher protein chick formula now?
     
  2. Silverose

    Silverose Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe it's supposed to be 16%-18% at this point if they are to be laying chickens. are they meat birds or layers?
     
  3. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Laying, but after a few years and they stop laying, they might become dinner. I fed them an 18% chick start.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You can feed them whatever chick starter formula you wish, but since you fed them medicated for two weeks, are you not going to continue for the full 8 week regime?
     
  5. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should. But a 5 lb bag lasted the 2 weeks with 10 chicks. Woyldnt it be cheaper to buy a 25 lb back to last longer?
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Yes, it would be cheaper to buy it in the 25# to 50# bags. I keep my chicks on a medicated started grower without any problems til they are at point of lay.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    It varies some by the brand of feed you are using, but the normal progression is to feed Starter the first 6 weeks or so. Starter is normally in the range of 20 to 22% protein. That 18% sounds more like a combined Starter/Grower. I'll get to that later.

    Around 6 weeks (and this can be 4 weeks or 8 weeeks, it is not that critical), switch to 16% Grower. Notice this is a drop in protein, not an increase. After they have had that boost they need in their first few weeks, their body needs to slow down growing a bit so their organs can mature as they grow. Don't get too hung up on this, though. A little extra protein is not all that bad.

    After their first egg or at 20 weeks, switch to 16% Layer. The main difference between Grower and Layer is that Layer has a lot more calcium for the egg shells. That extra calcium is not good for growing chicks but is OK for grown chickens.

    Instead of selling separate Starter and Grower, some brands combine the Starter/Grower into one product, usually around 18% to 20% protein. You can feed this from Day 1 until you switch to Layer. That works fine too.

    You do not need to hit the regular progression exactly or suffer dire consequences. It is a general target to aim at, not an absolute law of nature. When they are out foraging on their own and find a bug or worm fairly late in the day, they do not determine that they have had enough protein for the day and let if go. Not if it looks tasty.

    I never feed medicated feed, but there is nothing wrong with doing so. And if you have had bad experiences with cocci, there is a good reason to feed it.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should. But a 5 lb bag lasted the 2 weeks with 10 chicks. Woyldnt it be cheaper to buy a 25 lb back to last longer?
     
  9. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good. But that was only medicsted bag was small I believe. I will check agian thanks.
     
  10. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 25bag should last you til u need to start layer feed. Good luck. [​IMG]
     

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