Feed problem

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by daltonjones44, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. daltonjones44

    daltonjones44 Just Hatched

    Apr 9, 2017
    Hi guys,
    I have about 10 hens outside that have just begun in the layer food. I have 10 more hens that are only a few weeks old that I want to introduce to the old hens once they're large enough.
    My question is since my older hens are already on their layer food, the chicks that I will eventually move outside will still need the chick starter grower. Would it be safe to have them feed on the layer food a little early? Or is there a way to keep them on two separate foods until the new ones are ready for the layer food. Thanks so much for any help!
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2014
    Pacific Northwest
    Theres pretty much no way to keep the feed separate unless you keep the birds separate, I think layer feed has something in it the babies cannot have (I wanna say too much calcium or something but dont quote me on that) so I think youre better off feeding them all the baby food until the younger ones are old enough to eat the layer food :)
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Layer feed is much too high in calcium, and too low in protein for growing birds. You don't actually need to feed layer feed at all. It is much simpler to buy one feed and dish it out to everyone, and set out some crushed oyster shell for those that need it. Any feed with at least 18% protein content and a maximum of 2% calcium content will do just fine for them all.
  4. daltonjones44

    daltonjones44 Just Hatched

    Apr 9, 2017
    Awesome, thank you guys for the quick replies

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