Chick starter vs. grower?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SuperiorHens, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. SuperiorHens

    SuperiorHens In the Brooder

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    Hello,

    I recently purchased some feed from our local feed store, but when I got home I noticed that it was chick grower (versus starter) and I'm wondering if I should return it or if it's ok to feed to my hens? The bag states that it's for chicks over five weeks old that are being raised for meat, but mine are being raised to lay eggs (they range in age between 9 and 17 weeks old). Is this feed OK for them? It's my understanding that there might just be a bit of a different protein ratio. I do have layer feed at home as well I could cut it with...

    Thanks in advance for your help! Relatively new to different types of chicken feed.
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Layer feed for new chicks = no. It has a very high calcium content, and has been shown to damage the kidneys of developing birds in multiple studies.

    What feed is it (brand)?
     
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  3. SuperiorHens

    SuperiorHens In the Brooder

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    Ah yes, the calcium is the concern more than the protein. Thank you!

    I uploaded an image of the label. I might just return it if I can? Of course the guy who loaded it into my car held on to the receipt. Woops!
     

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  4. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    The stats I see all look pretty good. I'd feed it.
     
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  5. Trux

    Trux Crowing

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    Some call it chick starter, some call it grower. and or starter/grower. As long as it says CHICK you will be fine
     
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  6. sylviethecochin

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    Nah, Rural King and TSC both sell 15% grower. It's doable, but it's not ideal.
     
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  7. Trux

    Trux Crowing

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    The 15% on TSC site is a grower/FINISHER feed. I did specifically say CHICK starter/grower
     
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  8. SuperiorHens

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    Thanks everyone! I was mostly concerned because it was labelled for meat birds. But the ratios seem about right now that I research. I just won't offend my hens and will make sure they don't see the label saying it's for birds that will be eaten ;)
     
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  9. Shadrach

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    That looks fine. 18% protein is sufficient and the calcium max content isn't too high.
    Interesting that it has bone meal and meat (pork) products in the feed.
    The only thing I would suggest is buy some Corid if you are not going to feed a medicated feed. If a chick does get coccidiosis then you will want to treat with Corid or similar immediately.
     
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  10. rosemarythyme

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    Yup it looks fine, I'd go ahead and use it.
     

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