Feed questions and basic bragging

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WindcrestChickens, May 19, 2008.

  1. WindcrestChickens

    WindcrestChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    O.k. so I feel SOOO incredibly "capable" right now. Friends can't believe we moved to a farm, and are astounded that I have chickens now....This weekend I cleaned out the coop in the barn, emptied everything out, cleaned, washed, set up the new stuff etc. Then I got the girls the hell out of the living room (that dust is GROSS). They are in their "big girl beds" and loving life. They are 5 weeks old and huge. I just feel like I know what I am doing, and it feels good.

    My husband bought a bag of adult layer feed not realzing I had been feeding them Poulins chick starter. Is it o.k. to give them this or will I cause huge harm (sad sarcastically and realizing I sound like a new mom wondering whether I can supplement breastmilk with just a tiny bit of formula so I could sleep a little bit at night????)

  2. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    I would save that bag for a few weeks and continue to give them starter. I mix pellets with starter when they are about 8 weeks to wean them for the starter.
  3. I agree with above poster. Your chicks need the starter feed. The other feed will keep. They need starter til right before they start laying, around 18 weeks you can switch.
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Yup, you definately want to keep them on starter...or starter/finisher untill they are about 18 weeks. Layer feed has way too much calcium and can cause damage to them. Short term...if thats all you have, a day or two wont hurt.
    Congrats on getting them outside! I am sure you ALL will be happier! LOL
  5. WindcrestChickens

    WindcrestChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Thanks everyone - yes they are sooo much happier. ..and so am I...
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    keep that sack of feed till they are 16 weeks on then start them on layer feed.an keep them on starter/grower feed till 16 weeks.

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