Did I get wrong info on feeding my chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by The Ladies' Mom, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. The Ladies' Mom

    The Ladies' Mom New Egg

    Oct 14, 2010
    We're new to rasing chickens and relied on our local farm store to help us know what to do. We fed starter food to our 6 chicks until we ran out (20# bag), which took just a few weeks - after which we were advised to go ahead and feed Layena crumble. We also feed "extras" such as berries, watermelon, greens, etc. and our ladies are semi-free-range as well. They're now 4-1/2 months old and seem quite healthy. Somewhere on BYC I read that they should be on starter feed for 20 weeks or so? Was our farm-store adviser mistaken, and have we harmed our ladies in any way?

    We're also new to BYC (and blogging!) and hope we're doing this right...
  2. Cluckn Crazy

    Cluckn Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Peterborough, Ontario
    There was a really great chart in a response to a post yesterday titled "when to switch from starter to grower." I'd suggest you check it out. Good luck.
  3. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    You're new. You can type a search for it above and to the right. A lot of different threads will come up but you will find the information you need.

    And yes....you need them on chick starter longer. Go search....

    (there is so much information on here that will really be helpful to you! I know it was for me!)
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  4. maizey

    maizey Chillin' With My Peeps

  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Normally a starter or a starter/grower is fed until they are old enough to lay - or have already begun laying.

    The reason to wait is that layer feed contains higher amounts of calcium that the younger birds may have a hard time metabolizing, so it can be hard on their kidneys.

    I would expect that your girls are not laying yet, and you might be able to feed them another bag of flock raiser or some grower feed before they start laying. That might help to give their kidneys some relief before you put them on layer feed for actual laying.

    Oh, and one more thing, you're not the first one to learn this lesson: very well meaning and kind feed store employees and owners, very often have no idea what they're talking about - or simply give very bad advice. Most of us have had to learn that lesson at least once. [​IMG]
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    You already got good answers, so I'll just say

    Welcome from an imp in Washington

    You came to the right place to get your questions answered

  8. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

  10. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2009
    I have several different ages in my bantam flock, from 1 month old infants (which my broody hen hatched and is raising) to adult birds. I have everybody on flock raiser and once a day a bowl of scratch. Every day they also get veggie or fruit treats from me, sometimes meat and they are all free ranging in the yard. I throw handfuls of calcium grit in the coop run, so the girls can pick at it. It seems to be a good system for me and all are thriving.
    Next year maybe the madness will cease, and I'll stop new babies from hatching and go to layena, but I doubt it! [​IMG]

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