Different Ages

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by saltytaco728, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. saltytaco728

    saltytaco728 Just Hatched

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    I have 7 chickens that are 16 weeks old, 6 that are 13 weeks old and 2 that are about 8 weeks old. They are together all day and eat their starter / grower out of the same feeders. When the oldest chickens are 18 weeks old, how do I switch them to their layer feed?
     
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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    you can mix the layer feed with the starter and gradually increase the amount of layer feed until it's all layer feed
     
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    If they are all together, keep them on starter/grower until the youngest are ready to lay. Just put out a dish of oyster shells for the older ones.
     
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  4. kkgreenwood

    kkgreenwood Out Of The Brooder

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    I was going to post something similar. It is safe to put out a tray of oyster shells for the older ones if there are younger ones mixed in? I know too much calcium is bad for the kidneys of the younger chickens - but as long as the feed doesn't have the extra calcium and it's put out separately, all will be safe and happy?

    Thanks
     
  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Just offer oyster shell on the side instead of layer feed. I feed all my chickens flock raiser right from hatch, and I have a separate container of oyster shell for those who need or want it. I also toss them eggshells.
     
  6. kkgreenwood

    kkgreenwood Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the advice. We put out the oyster shells and in 3 days shes is back to her egg-laying ways. She even laid this MONSTER egg after not laying for a couple days! [​IMG]
     
  7. saltytaco728

    saltytaco728 Just Hatched

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    I put out oyster shells and my roosters and younger chickens are eating them too. Is that a problem?
     

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