chick starter vs. layer pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MelB, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. MelB

    MelB Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2010
    I'm in the process of introducing my 4 new pullets to my 1yr. hens - the pullets are about 12-15 weeks old; this alone is proving to be fun; can anyone tell me if it is OK for the older hens to eat medicated chick starter? I didn't want the younger ones eating the layer pellets for a few more weeks.
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Ideally you could pick up a bag of grower crumble. It has lower protein (usually around 15 % protein) and is not medicated usually. If you live near a Tractor Supply Store they have it. The hens can eat it too and you can offer oyster shell free choice in a separate dish.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011

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