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Feeding a flock of mixed ages

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dlaciv12, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. dlaciv12

    dlaciv12 Out Of The Brooder

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    Half of my flock was hatched in April the other half hatched in July. The April girls are laying but the July girls are obviously behind. Can I start the whole flock on layer feed yet?
    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. SarniaTricia

    SarniaTricia Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a mixed age flock and I fed my girls layer from 6 weeks on....
    They have started laying and seem just fine.
     
  3. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    From my understanding, you can start them on layer from the age of about 5 months, possibly younger, so I don't see why you can't.
     
  4. Half pintfarms~

    Half pintfarms~ Out Of The Brooder

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    Mix chick starter and layer pellets together and every one eats what they want=)
     
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    I'd just give them layer, it won't do them any harm at that age.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I would give them grower crumble with oyster shell on the side for the layers until they all start laying. The extra calcium can really damage young birds.
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:If they were hatched in July then they aren't really "young" anymore. They would be pushing 5 months old already.
     
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  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:If they were hatched in July then they aren't really "young" anymore. They would be pushing 5 months old already.

    Or if they were late July they would be nearing 4 months.

    I feed my whole flock grower. Even though a couple of them are over a year old. They just get the extra calcium elsewhere. No soft shells yet. If you have layer, I don't see the harm if they are 5 months old. My flock ranges from 3 months - 1 1/2 years. They are all together and living peacefully [​IMG]
     
  9. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:If they were hatched in July then they aren't really "young" anymore. They would be pushing 5 months old already.

    Or if they were late July they would be nearing 4 months.

    I feed my whole flock grower. Even though a couple of them are over a year old. They just get the extra calcium elsewhere. No soft shells yet. If you have layer, I don't see the harm if they are 5 months old. My flock ranges from 3 months - 1 1/2 years. They are all together and living peacefully [​IMG]

    If your offering oyster shells to your older layers, chances are the younger birds are eating some aswell.
     

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