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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by painterpeach, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. painterpeach

    painterpeach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    at what age can chicks start to eat layer crumbles
     
  2. ChirpNEggBaby

    ChirpNEggBaby Out Of The Brooder

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    ABout at 4-6 months of age tho it wont kill them to mix some in b4 hand...they dont need it and it could slow growth...its designed to have higher calcium for egg production and lower protien. They really need the chick with the higher protien for growth. [​IMG] Or you could do it but supplement with lots of chopped boiled egg, bugs etc. for protien.
     
  3. painterpeach

    painterpeach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! our babies just turned six months old. we are going to move them in with other older chickens.
     
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:They are ready to eat layer feed
     
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Oh six months is more than old enough! Ours started young, at around 1-2 months, because they just wouldn't eat their chick pellets when the big girls were having all that scrumptious layer mix of seeds and grains. [​IMG] It didn't hurt them, they're strong and healthy enough now. [​IMG]
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:They are ready to eat layer feed

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  7. I go with 24 weeks or when I see an egg, whichever comes first.

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    1 day-5 weeks = medicated chick starter
    5 weeks-24 weeks = Flock raiser crumble
    24 weeks and older = layer pellets or 50/50 layer and flock raiser pellet. The mix is what I do because I can not get blue seal breeder in my area. Never had a thin shell egg, plenty of calcium even in the mix
     

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