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Feed store only had layer pellets!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by swimmom, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. swimmom

    swimmom Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    I went to the feed store today to get my bag of grower pellets and they were out and not getting a delivery for a few days and I can't get back over there for another week. I went ahead and bought the layer pellets even though my pullets aren't laying yet. They're 18 weeks old and all have suddenly developed really red combs and wattles and squat when I pet them. Everything I read here says not to feed layer until they're laying. Am I going to damage my pullets by feeding them layer? Now I'm worried [​IMG]

  2. Nemo

    Nemo Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    No, they should be fine.

    One of the big differences in feeds for younger birds is the amount of calcium... If they get too much too young, it can damage their kidneys. Since yours are close to laying, they are nearly adults, and should be OK.
  3. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    I've learned to plan ahead because of that. Usually I have some left over and I just mix it. I would like to think it will be okay since it is short term. JMO
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  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I usually switch to layer at about 18 weeks. Though I do make it a gradual transition, mixing the last of the starter with the lay pellets. The chickens should be fine!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    They will be fine!
  6. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Songster

    May 22, 2009
    My chicks are 18 weeks as well and I just started today to mix a bit of layer in with the last of the grower, they will be ok. Hopefully eggs will come soon too [​IMG]
  7. 7cutechix

    7cutechix In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    East Central Indiana
    My chickens are 20 weeks and I bought the layer pellets a few days ago as the grower crumbles were ALL over the coop, I wanted to try pellets. I was worried about that, but on the bag it said to feed for a MONTH prior to laying (how would anyone know that!!) or at 15 weeks.....and guess what! The next day I had 2 eggs. I think they need the calcium a bit ahead of time! I still haven't figured out if it's less waste yet!

  8. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

    Dec 15, 2008
    Vernon Texas
    We usually switch to layer pellets at 15 weeks. At this stage they usually will fill out better as laying hens and keep their size.
    They love the lay feed vs grower, less if any waste.
    At the above age we also supplement with whole corn.
  9. Because the starter was so expensive, I had to switch to Layer Pellets. Roosters will be fine, they can eat anything. The chickens were inbetween 3 months and 4 1/2 months old when I gave it to them. Didnt hurt a one!
  10. swimmom

    swimmom Songster

    Apr 7, 2009
    Thanks everyone I feel much better now![​IMG]

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