feed during the transition?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tyjaco, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. tyjaco

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I worked at a feed store, we would advise people to feed their young birds a 17% (protein) "all purpose" crumble (this is AFTER the medicated starter), unitl they started to lay - then start layer feed...

    I have 8 youngsters ready to join the existing flock very soon. When I put them all out, should I change them ALL over to an all purpose feed??

    Is that still the way to go? I have 4 laying hens, and I'd feel ok putting them on a non-lay feed as long as I offer oyster shell to the layers.

    Am I thinking correctly??
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    IMO growing birds need at least 18% protein. Depending on the purpose I usually feed between 20-24% at least for the first 2 months.
    If you give crushed oyster shell free choice, it isn't a problem switching the hens to a grower. It's better than giving a 4%calcium to growing/non-laying birds.
     
  3. tyjaco

    tyjaco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you -

    These are just laying hens, so would they still need that high protein?

    thx again...
     

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