Feeding baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RobnCj13, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. RobnCj13

    RobnCj13 In the Brooder

    Sep 13, 2014
    We're new to raising chicks. How long do we keep them on the chick starter feed? They are 9 weeks old.
  2. dheltzel

    dheltzel Crowing

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    There is no reason you can't raise them all the way on starter. The main reason to switch is economic, the lower protein grower and layer is cheaper. Don't switch to layer with a higher calcium until they are ready to lay, or have started laying. I supplement with oyster shell when they get close to laying, so they can stay on the higher protein food until they are laying well.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    x2. If you are feeding a chick starter with amprolium, change to a flock raiser type diet at three to four months of age, gradually over several days to a week. They can stay on that diet forever, with free choice oyster shell on the side, or switch to layer when the pullets are all laying eggs. Mary

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