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Feed question, need some help please

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BuffsareBad, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. BuffsareBad

    BuffsareBad In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    I’m sure this has been asked a million times so one more..[​IMG] I have 2 18week RIRs and 3 9week old BOs living in harmony. I have about 2 weeks of Start & Grow left I really cant separate them and not sure how I could separate the food so my question is can I add oyster shell and grit to the diet and would the be ok if the reds are ready to start laying. I want some eggs. Once the BOs reach 17 or 18 weeks I would like to start Layena. Any input is appreciated, thanks.

  2. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    Clinton, OH
    It would be a very good idea to add free choice grit and oyster shell to their diet - generally all should have access to some type of grit, and laying hens should have access to oyster shell. Since the 18 week olds are close to laying, they can eat the oyster shell as they choose and the little ones can ignore it until they need it.

    Although the older hens should be switched to Layena when they start laying, maybe you could transition over to it slowly so the younger ones are still getting the grower/finisher feed. Say, after the hens start laying start mixing some Layena in each week, and gradually add more - until the younger ones are also laying and they'll all be on 100% Layena? Just an idea.
  3. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    Give them free choice oyster shell and grit. Use the Start and Grow you have left. Instead of switching over to Layena, go to Flock Raiser. That will be good for them all. The RIR's will eat the oyster as needed. When the BO's get old enough go to Layena.
  4. BuffsareBad

    BuffsareBad In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011

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