Feed Help please!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pamperedamber, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. pamperedamber

    pamperedamber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 new 9 week old chicks in my flock. They have been with us for a week now. I can not separate my older hens (18-19 weeks) from the food and water easily. When is it OK to take the new chicks off the medicated feed?

    I have one hen that should be laying any day now so I want to get them off the medicated feed as soon as possible. I have a feeder outside the coop that has the non-medicated feed in it for the older hens but they are still eating from both feeders.

    Any advice or thoughts would be great thank you.
     
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  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    You can feed an all-flock feed like Flock Raiser, and have oyster shell on the side for your laying hens. Layer feed is way too high in calcium for chicks! Mary
     
  3. pamperedamber

    pamperedamber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much. I will have to get some tomorrow. I have oyster shell out for them already.
     
  4. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't ever really have to feed medicated feed I used it on my first batch of chicks now I don't bother with it at all just take it out and feed non medicated, either flock raiser or chick starter non medicated will be fine
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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  6. pamperedamber

    pamperedamber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for all your help. Once this bag of medicated feed is out then i will feed the flock raiser feed. You all rock!!
     
  7. iwantegglayers

    iwantegglayers Out Of The Brooder

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    Do young hens (10 wks old) need grit or calcium?
     
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  8. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No calcium until they start laying. They only need grit if feeding whole grains or grasses, chick feed crumble or pellets will mush up on its own since it's finely ground
     
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  9. erlibrd

    erlibrd Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Grit yes, 10 weeks is too young for calcium.
     
  10. iwantegglayers

    iwantegglayers Out Of The Brooder

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    That was quick! Thank you!
     

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