Feed for 9 weeks and my laying hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nuttyredhead, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Do i give them layer, which i know can present problems in the younger ones? Or grower, with oyster shell for those who need it. Will the little ones go after the oyster shell?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The latter: grower feed for all and oyster shell free choice. The youngsters may peck at and sample the crushed oyster shell, but they won't eat much. The layers will take the oyster shell as necessary.

    This is what I do year 'round - I haven't used layer feed for more than a year. It works just fine with a mixed age flock.
  3. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Quote:Thanks!!! [​IMG]
  4. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    Grower and free choice oyster shell - if there is still a size difference in birds, you can hang the oyster shell high enough for the adults, but not the chicks.
  5. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Mecca, CA
    My Coop
    Quote:Agree, Grower and oyster shell on the side.
    I made the mistake of mixing some chicks with my older hens and feeding them all laying feed, needless to say chicks are developing at a very slow rate, some are 14 weeks old and they look like they are 9, my other 8 weeks old which are being raised on gamebird starter are almost the same size now.

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