Feeding birds of different ages

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by thomassio, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. thomassio

    thomassio Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2013
    Just a quick question,..... Some of my girls are needing to be put from grower onto layer pellets, but a couple are still needing grower. Can I put both out or will they all favour one type? I currently leave there food out 24/7. Should I be stopping hat now? If so, how much and how often do you feed yours?
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I leave feed out all day, not a night, and I also feed an all flock so I don't have to worry about changing feed as they grow. Just put out a bowl of oyster shell for the layers.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I keep feed available during daylight. They are blind and won't eat at night.

    If they aren't all laying, it's best to keep the whole flock on grower and provide oyster shell in a separate container to provide calcium to those building egg shells. Those not laying can be damaged by too much calcium in the diet.
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I would either do the grower or go to a multi purpose/flock raiser with free choice oyster shell, as said extra calcium to growing birds can cause harm.

    I am using a multi purpose and free choice oyster shell here for everyone, chickens thru to ducks.. to many mouths to feed. I have feed outside mainly, only the main barn has food/water with freezing happening i cannot heat enough water to get it to everyone, but it's all free choice during the day.
  5. Chickaroos

    Chickaroos Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2012
    I have two year old hens, and 6 week chicks, and 1 week old chicks. The tiny ones are inside the basement still (in a coop), but the older chicks and beg hens are in the barn abd yard together. I feed my big girls outside on the ground, and the chicks get fed in the barn, in their coop. I sware the hens know not go to in their coop. They have never bothered then for their grower food. But I often find the little ones nibbling on the layer pellets. Its fine (so far) lol

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