Feeding chickens of different ages.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TexasChicken12, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking about getting 2 or 3 golden Sebright chicks from Tractor Supply in the spring. I already have 9 hens that are 2 1/2 months old. What should I feed the flock untill the Sebrights are old enough to have layer feed? Thanks!
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would feed the entire flock a starter, grower, or gamebird feed until the Sebrights reach laying age. Make sure you offer some oystershell or crushed eggshell free choice, too, so that any laying hens can get the extra calcium they need. You definitely don't want to feed layer feed, since it contains too much calcium for young birds.
     
  3. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Won't the Sebrights eat the oyster shell too though? Just wondering. Thanks for your help, it is very much appreciated! :)
     
  4. BantamLover21

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    They may eat a little of the oystershell, but not much. Chickens seem to know when their bodies need extra calcium. If they need it, they'll eat the oystershell. Otherwise, they should leave it alone.
     
  5. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mines all poultry feed.They do just fine.
     
  6. TexasChicken12

    TexasChicken12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What if one of them turns out to be a rooster?
     

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