Chick feed or layer?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LizGled628, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. LizGled628

    LizGled628 Chirping

    Jun 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    My ladies are about 22 weeks, and look (fingers crossed!) almost ready to lay. I'm getting down to the bottom of my 50lb bag, and I was wondering if I should get another bag of chick feed, or get the layer feed instead? I want to make sure that they are getting the proper nutrition!

    They also free range a lot, and get lot's of vegetable treats from Mom, in case you needed to know [​IMG]

  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    At 22 weeks you can probably go either way. I don't feed layer at all since I have a mixed age/species flock--I use gamebird feed with oyster shell out freechoice.

    If you think your girls may hold off until spring to start laying you can stick with the grower, flockraiser, or gamebird feed and just offer oyster shell freechoice when they start laying.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Get the layer feed and start mixing it in with the starter, so as to have a smooth transition. Especially important if you are going to feed layer pellets instead of crumbles. Chickens are visual feeders, so it always needs to be done gradually, over a week or so.

    I saw your hens in your other thread, they should be laying soon. Soon in chicken time, mind you, not human time! Keep your "rooster" out there sweet talking them! [​IMG]
  4. BWKatz

    BWKatz Songster

    May 22, 2010
    I would switch to layer just to be sure. I did & my first egg was nice and hard. I also went straight to pellets w/o any problem but u never know..chickens are creatures of habit.
  5. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Songster

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Quote:I agree. I like the high protein of chick feed but you've got to give oyster shell to help with calcium requirements that are higher for laying purposes. Layer is good but not essential for any bird to lay.

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