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Feed question starter or layer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Joev1973, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    Ok quick question.
    I have 20 chicks 6 weeks old and 8 guineas all on starter feed heavy with protein for growth.

    Today I bought 3 sebright banty chicks and I was told they were aprox. 25 weeks old. 1 rooster and 2 girls.

    I never had bantys and im amazed hiw small they are and just cant fathom them being 25 weeks old but the seller said they were and is very experienced and i am taking him at his word.

    The rooster crows but the hens have not yet laid an egg.

    The seller said any week now I should see some eggs from the 2 banty sebright hens.

    My question is being that my 20 chicks will be on starter feed for a while longer, should I buy seperate layer feed for the sebright bantys?

    I am excited for them to start laying and was wondering if they are of age and i switch the feed to layer will this perhaps get them laying?

    Would you feed the 3 older birds layer while all the rest stay on starter?

    Thanks to anyone who chimes in.

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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    You do not have to put your Sebrights on layer feed. Many people do not use layer feed at all but you will need to provide them with oyster shell free choice.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
  3. cluckcluckhens

    cluckcluckhens Songster

    May 4, 2015
    I ran into this problem weeks ago. Feed store suggested another feed for us. Hens were on layena and chicks were on start and grow but, hens decided they wanted the chicks feed so now I have a big bag of layena unused right now. They are all on the same feed which is not any that I have mentioned. They are all doing good with one feed. I have always gave the hens oyster shells along with their layena since they are older hens. Few years ago we were getting soft shell eggs but we are not this year yet.
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Grower/ finisher feed is all they need and once layers provide oyster shell in a separate dish..
  5. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

    Mar 5, 2019
    SE Missouri, USA
    This does not answer your question, but your Sebrights are beautiful! One of my older hens is smaller than the others and looks a lot like this. I had about decided she was a Sebright or a cross. Thanks for posting pics of your lovely birds! :love
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Yes I'm positive they never lied about the Sebright chickens .
  7. RoostersAreAwesome

    RoostersAreAwesome Free Ranging

    May 21, 2017
    I have a mixed flock with hens, roosters, and a younger pullet that doesn't lay. I feed them flock raiser with separate oyster shells.
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  8. 123RedBeard

    123RedBeard Crowing

    Oct 20, 2014
    Doesn't matter what you feed ... your cockrell will most likely never lay any eggs! ;)

    Those pullets don't look like they will be laying soon, by how small and pale their combs are ... and layer feed won't "get them started" ... they will start when they are good and ready.
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  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Agree with everyone above; a grower or all flock feed, with separate oyster shell. My birds all eat Flock Raiser.
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