Feed for 2month old Chickens.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MKKimmen, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen In the Brooder

    Is it okay to change our feed for our 2 month old chickens now to the same feed our 5 month olds are on??
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    If it's starter/grower, yes. If the older ones are on layer pellets, the younger ones are too young for that--too much calcium for them. What feed are you using for the 5 month olds?
     
  3. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen In the Brooder

    The 5 month old's are already on the Laying Feed. So I should have the 2 month old's on the Grower/Finisher then for another couple months then probably right?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Yes, they shouldn't be on layer feed until they are about 17-18 weeks old or they lay an egg, ideally. I feed starter/grower till mine are "teenagers".
     
  5. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen In the Brooder

    Alrighty, Thanks! Thats what we'll do then!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    A couple weeks early won't be too detrimental, however, 8 weeks old is way too young for layer. Good luck with them!
     
  7. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Songster

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    Oh, I am so confused! My girls will be 8 weeks old on Friday, August 6, and the way I figure it the non-medicated starter will last until about then. I know they are 'way too young for layer, but can I make the switch to some kind of grower ? I've heard there are pellets and there is..erm..forget the other stuff. Any opinions on which way I should go?
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    If you can get plain grower, as opposed to combination starter/grower, do that. If not, they can stay on starter, medicated or not, until laying age. It's made for that.
     
  9. serena763

    serena763 In the Brooder

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    Just bought a 50lb bag for my 2 month old chickens. The bag is starter and it says to keep them on it for another 2 - 3 months. *shrug*
     
  10. chickendidwhat

    chickendidwhat In the Brooder

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    How does feeding work when the birds are going to be on pasture? Is there still a need to keep the starter feed going? If so, do you keep your younger birds away from your layers so that they don't eat the layer food?

    Seems oddly complicated.

    Thanks
    Greg
     

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