Feeding a mixed flock

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Layira, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Layira

    Layira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm just wondering how you would feed a flock of mixed age chickens. For instance, my 6 RL pullets will be out of the house soon and in a few weeks I will be getting some more chicks. If my calculations are correct, my pullets would probably be starting to lay by the time the new chicks are in the coop. My question is, how would I make sure that the laying hens get their pellets but also make sure that the younger chicks are getting the correct feed? Is there a way to keep them from eating the wrong feed? I'm wondering because they will be housed together.
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I always have a mixed flock, I use flock raiser by purina
     
  3. Layira

    Layira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you have any problems with the layers? It seems to me, from what I've read at least, that the laying hens would need more specific food.
     
  4. Heluhelu

    Heluhelu Out Of The Brooder

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    I was going to ask the same thing. I am going to be putting a laying hen (currently eating layer feed) and a pullet (currently eating grower feed) together and am not too sure about the feed issue. In Raising Chickens for Dummies it says that you shouldn't feed the layer feed until they start laying, so I was thinking about giving them both the grower until they are both laying. Right now my layer isn't laying anyway due to depression, stress, etc....(but she is getting better!)

    Any suggestions???
     
  5. savingdogs

    savingdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think the layer feed has added calcium, so if you were going to feed Flock Raiser, you could offer oyster shell free choice.
     
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I also have a mixed flock - day olds to a couple years for chickens, ducks (couple weeks to 10 years) and geese.


    I feed Flock Raiser to everyone and offer free choice Oyster Shells to everyone - and all partake.
     
  7. Layira

    Layira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, hm. My main concern was that the layers wouldn't get the right nutrition to produce eggs, but if that works, then I guess problem solved. Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     

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