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feeding layers and chicks together

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gapeachy, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. gapeachy

    gapeachy Songster

    Oct 21, 2008
    Rome Ga
    how do you feed the younger chickens grower and the older chickens layer if they are all together ..what do you do to separate....i have been mixing it together and feeding them

  2. peeboo

    peeboo Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    fort bragg nc
    well if the chicks are small enough...they have special feeders that the grown hens can't get their heads in lol. i guess that'd be the best bet. but if the chicks are abit bigger. i feed my older hens first since they're dominant...then while they're eating and enthralled with life, i run around the corner to drop some chick food for the younger ones. it's not fool proof but it's all i have and it seems to work for me.
  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Are they chicks the hens hatched, or did you mix them together. I find it much easier to keep different sized birds in seperate coops. The larger birds will pick on little ones, and may keep them from getting feed, no matter what type you are feeding. [​IMG]
  4. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I mixed one group once. Will never do it again. The younger chickens were not able to get as much feed as the older hens (hogs) got. Its best to seperate by age group to stop any fighting. They also grow better when they are not competeing.

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