Chicks and Pullets... How to properly feed in same coop.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Farmer413, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. Farmer413

    Farmer413 Chirping

    Dec 19, 2016
    My chick's are going to go in with my hens that just started laying in about 4 to 6 weeks. The thing that concerns me is they eat two different kinds of food. The chicks eat starter/grower until they reach 18 or so weeks. The others are eating layer crumbles. How do I make sure they get the food that is meant for them while they are all free in the coop? I'm not able to separate them. Thanks

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    This is a common concern - the simplest solution is to feed the entire flock one feed (a grower, flock-raiser or all-flock) and then simply provide oyster shell in a separate container so that the laying birds are able to consume the calcium they need. Many folks, myself included, use this feed program at all times - it no only simplifies feeding a mixed flock (age, gender, laying status effected by broodiness, etc) but the rations used are generally a little higher in protein than most commercial layer rations which tend to be at the very minimal protein content to sustain production.
  3. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Songster

    Apr 1, 2014
    Longville, La
    I agree with the above. I feed chick starter only while the babies are in the brooder. When they go in the big girl pen, they get "all flock" like everybody else. I have a pan of oyster shell next to the feeders for the layers to supplement calcium intake.

    If a hen goes broody and hatches out her own babies in the coop, that's a different story. When that happens I set up a small feeder with chick feed just for them. The adult hens constantly raid it and typically knock it over but the babies still get enough of it, if they want.

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