chick starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by larryj57, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. larryj57

    larryj57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2009
    At what age should i take my chicks off chick starter feed and what do i go to when I do?
  2. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    You should feed them starter until about 20 weeks of age (onset of lay). Then you want to change over to Layer ration, if they are layers. Meatbirds get grower ration earlier. Remember that if you are feeding medicated chick starter, they will have medication in their system about a week or so, so they will lay medicated eggs. This is why you switch to layer around 20 weeks, which is a couple weeks before an average time of when birds begin to lay.
  3. larryj57

    larryj57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2009
    Thanks for the info.
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    It also depends on the brand of feed you are going to feed..
    You can give them a starter for the first 5 weeks the switch to a Grower & Developer until they start to lay (point of lay) then switch to a layer.. Some companies have a Starter /Grower then you would just feed the Starter /Grower until they start to lay then switch to a layer...
    I myself feed a Starter /Grower to all my birds from hatch until they die.. Chicks, Growers, Layers and breeders, the Layers and Breeders just get a added Vitamin/ Mineral Mix...
    It makes life alot easer for the wife and I..

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009

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