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Feeding Chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Waldorbigbill, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Waldorbigbill

    Waldorbigbill In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2011
    I have 13 chickens about 4 to 5 months old I'm almost out of the feeder food and was going to switch to layer feed when this was done. I let them free range and they get some scraps should I be going thru a 50 lb bag in little over a month? There is very little waste on the ground.

  2. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    Chickens do eat a lot! Especially at that age. I don't think I would switch to layer feed at that age. I usually switch when I get the first egg. Even if they do start laying as soon as you buy another bag of starter, they an live off of the starter a while. I think the only difference between chick and adult layer feed is the calcium and protein. If you have a chick feed that has a good protein percentage, you can use that there whole life and just add calcium chips. I do that with game bird starter. It has animal proteins which is great and I mix it with a low protein finisher to lower the protein content. The chicks get just the feed and the adults get calcium supplement. Been good so far'
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011

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