Feed question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by alyssa741, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. alyssa741

    alyssa741 In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2017
    So we have 3 laying hens and we are just in the process of introducing 3 chicks to the flock. Right now our hens are eating layers feed and the chicks are on starter feed. The feed store said we should be going to growers feed next, but what do I do when they are in the same coop together? It is impossible to separate them so they don't eat each other's food. Will layers feed hurt the chicks? The chicks are 7 weeks.

  2. KoopOnTruckin

    KoopOnTruckin Songster

    Jun 17, 2016
    East Orlando, FL
    You can use grower on the whole flock, just supplement oyster shell for the layers. You don't want to feed layer feed to the chicks, at least I wouldn't, it's too much calcium and could give them growth issues and more. You can also use flock raiser, the stuff I use is 20%, good for everyone, including ducks and chicks.
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Layer feed can be fatal to young birds. The high calcium content makes it suitable for actively laying birds only. Just about every other feed is safe for all ages and stages.

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