Feeding help

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JayWhit, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. JayWhit

    JayWhit Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2012
    I've got 7 ISA browns about 4-5 weeks old. Just in the past day or so seems like they've started eating more. They do waste a little scratching at it. I usually feed them in the morning and by 3-4 they're out. Should I feed them just a little more or fill it back up? They're in a homemade pen right now. And at what age do u start feeding chickens layer crumbles? Still a newbie.
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    Welcome and congrats on new little chicks [​IMG] Yes they waste some but, I keep starter/grower feed in with chicks at all times so, they never run out. Production breeds can start laying early so, they will need the layer feed started around week 18 and when they start laying add Oyster for added calcium.
  3. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2011
    San Diego
    I give my chicks as much as they want. If the bowl is empty I fil it back up. I feel medicated mash for 8 weeks or so. I usually put them outside at 5 to 6 weeks given that the weather here is mild. I give the medicated mash for a couple of weeks once outside to give them a chance to build up immunity to cocci found in the dirt.
  4. Elissa

    Elissa Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2012
    Orange County California
    What do you feed after 8 weeks, but before laying? Mine are almost 8 weeks and I have been feeding medicated chick crumble. I'm wondering what to get next...
  5. feathers_3

    feathers_3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2011
    Eastern NC
    When I put mine on the ground at about 2 months old, I feed them Purina Scratch Grains. Then I start them on Purina Layer Pellets and Oyster shells at about 4 months old.

    Hope this helps!! Good Luck [​IMG]
  6. JayWhit

    JayWhit Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2012
    So am I bad for buying my feed from our local rural king? I've been using the chic starter. The only other thing I saw was layer crumbles. I'm guessing that is what people use at around 18-20weeks? Sorry.... Still learning. But enjoy my chickens!!
  7. ignatz

    ignatz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2012
    They'd be a lot happier if you fed them all they wanted and it will show in how well and often they produce eggs later in their lives too.

    As for when and what to feed, read the instructions on the feed bags. They're usually good enough for any breed to go by. They'll usually have ages to switch to and what feeds to switch them to at that age, etc.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012

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