Chicks and Layer Feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TyWilk18, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. TyWilk18

    TyWilk18 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 week old chicks and want to start introducing them to my mama hens inside the coop, but I'm concerned about how to keep the chicks from eating the layer feed due to the high calcium. I've been reading that I should switch to a regular grower feed for both the chicks and mama hens and supply the mama's with oyster shell to counterbalance the lack of calcium in the grower feed? I'm a small local FFA member supplying eggs for friends and family in the community so my mama's can't be effected by the change in feed. Please let me know... Thank you!!!
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, switch to a grower feed or all flock feed and supply oyster shell free choice in another container. You wont notice a difference in the eggs.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    You can safely fed them all an all-flock ration like purina Flock Raiser, with calcium offered on the side
     
  4. TyWilk18

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    Awesome thank you!
     

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