chick starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by erlibrd, May 8, 2012.

  1. erlibrd

    erlibrd Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My 12 four week old chicks have gone through almost 50 # of chick starter already!! should I buy another bag of the same or switch to grower feed??
     
  2. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally we keep ours on starter untill 6-8 weeks. We introduce grit at 1 week and 5 way scratch at 4 weeks. Just my 2 cents
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Either would work. Some folks prefer to switch to a slightly lower level of protein to "slow down" muscle development, allowing skeletal growth to keep up. Others, stay on a high 20% protein right through point of lay. I've seen all the data and I still don't know for certain which way is best. Flip a quarter I guess.
     
  4. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The starter/grower we get locally is 18%.
     
  5. erlibrd

    erlibrd Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My starter is 19% and the grower is 15%.
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    At only four weeks old I'd keep them on starter until they are at least eight to ten weeks. You can change over then if you want. Personally I keep them on starter until I get the first eggs. One less type of feed to buy and store.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts.

    Starter crumbles up to 8 weeks.
    Starter/Grower, (until I get my first egg).
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    Grower Crumbles or pellets from 8 weeks until you get your first egg.
    Layer from first egg on.

    Now I put my chicks on 22% protein poultry pellets when they are around 12 weeks old. If I have any starter/grower left, I mix it with the layer until it's gone. I haven't had any problems with my girls laying.
     
  8. AlicesSilkies

    AlicesSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 5 1 month and 2 week old chicks, am i supposed to be feeding them grit now?
    Sorry i am a chicken newbee [​IMG]
     
  9. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we start adding chick grit @ 2 weeks old to the crumble.
     
  10. Elbie

    Elbie New Egg

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    I have been mixing in a little grit with the starter grower since my chicks were about 3 weeks olds. They are now about 6 weeks old. I don't know if I am giving them the right amount. How much is the right amount for 10 chickens at this age? I have a mixture of Rocks and Black Australorps.
     

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