feed question, switching from grower to layer to early

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blueseal, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

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    i have heard alot of different opinions on when to switch to layer feed . i use blueseal brand feed it says to switch to layer at 20 weeks . but i have had some birds not start laying until 30 weeks or more . also lost a few 1 year olds to prolape. wondering if the cause is because of switching to layer feed to early. i was just going by the label on the bag 20 weeks. then i heard dont start layer feed until you see first egg wich confuses me because if ther not eating layer feed how can they start laying eggs.
     
  2. The main differences I have seen between layer feed and starter feed is that the layer feed holds more calcium to suppliment them for laying eggs, and higher protein levels than a starter. I am sure I don't know it all but every set of birds is different. If I have some laying and some not usually i will mix my grower feed and layer pellets so they have a mix so i dont get the shelless eggs. But I usually keep them on grower till I see the first eggs.
     
  3. Liana

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    They will start laying eggs when they're ready. Switch to layer feed after they start. Switching too early is risking kidney damage.
     
  4. blueseal

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    thanks
     

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