Chick Starter Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jody78, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. jody78

    jody78 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Buff Orps are 4 weeks old already, and on Chick Starter. How long should they stay on it, and when do we switch to a new feed?
     
  2. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep mine on it until they start laying or reach about 20 weeks of age. If I run out of chick starter and they're around 20 weeks then I start them on layer feed because it wouldn't make sense to buy a large bag of starter feed when they're so close to laying age. If they start laying and I still have starter feed, I switch them to layer and then use the remaining starter feed as scratch.
     
  3. jody78

    jody78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Mike.
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Everyone has their own way of doing things, here's how I do it. My chicks get 1 5lb bag of medicated chick started, that's it. I also provide them with dirt from my coop from day 1. After that bag is gone, they are switched to gamebird crumbles. I've never given home hatched chicks medicated feed, just chicks I've brought in from outside sources. Never had a problem with cocci. Good luck.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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