Feed for mixed flock?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Thechickenchick2, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Thechickenchick2

    Thechickenchick2 Songster

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    If I have pullets that are laying and non laying pullets and roosters how do I feel them all once integrated? All grower feed with oyster shells on the side? Anything special for the Roos?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Yes. That's what many of us feed our mixed flocks on a permanent basis. I feed Purina Flock Raiser as it's the only brand I can get here in this remote, third world pocket of the US where I live.

    I ferment the feed for extra nutrition. I also feed it to new chicks in lieu of chick starter as the two are practically identical in nutrient content .
     
  3. CradG

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    I soon will be mixing 4 week olds with my laying hens. Want to switch everyone over to a grower feed (still offer oyster shells). Anything I need to know about switching the laying girls over from the laying pellets to the grower?
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Just that the girls will be thrilled with the taste. My layers much preferred all flock feed to their layer ration. There was no adjustment period at all.
     
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  5. I agree and I also feed Purina flock raiser. Higher protein that layer feed too. I keep a bowl of oyster shell on the side for anyone who wants it. They MUCH prefer this to the layer.
     
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  6. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    eh.... I would be worried that 4 week Olds might get hurt... sounds still a bit small....

    Otherwise...... you can really pick any feed that is lower in calcium and put oyster shell on the side.

    If you have a number of chicks or chickens molting, or it is a super cold winter ... try to find a feed that is close to 20% protein. For the off season 16% is fine, but you don't want lower than that.

    Usually that means you want:
    all flock
    all poultry feed
     
  7. CradG

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    They will have their own areas they can escape to and be safe from the older girls. I'm trying the method below. I will have to keep that in mind in the winter, it does get very cold here and not many eggs when the days are real short anyways.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...and-start-raising-your-chicks-outdoors.71995/
     
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  8. gator75

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    What about pulling the chicks off the medicated feed when I integrate and go to non medicated grower? Is 6 weeks of medicated feed enough? They'll have been outside and exposed to everything for 2-3 wks by then.
     
  9. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    sounds good to me.
     

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