Feeding multi aged chickens in the same coop

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Loving My Peeps, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Loving My Peeps

    Loving My Peeps Chicken Whisperer

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    I have my layers and adult rooster (12 total) in a coop and just placed my now 9 week olds in there a few weeks ago. Since I had difficulty separating their food I decided to place everyone on grower feed and supplement with oyster shell. I use crumble now but was wondering if the smaller ones can handle a pellett? I can purchase Purina Flock raiser pellet for the same price as the blue seal start and grow. Any thoughts? Will it work for everyone?
     
  2. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
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    I would think as long as they have some grit to help them break it down the pellets should be good.
     
  3. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Nine weekers should be able to handle FR just fine. If you notice they are having problems, just put it in a bag and whack it with a rolling pin to break it up a bit.
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll handle pellets fine. Always feed to the younger birds and supplement the layers with oyster shell. That way you won't be giving younger birds something they don't need.
     
  5. Loving My Peeps

    Loving My Peeps Chicken Whisperer

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    My chickens free range so I have not needed any grit. Now that the groundis frozen and a thin layer of snow is covering everything I probaby should get some grit to keep in there for everyone!!! Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  6. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Loving my peeps
    Mine too free range but dont have sense enough to get out
    of the rain or cold and its 20 here this morning.
    this is their first winter out.I hard boil eggs for the little
    one chopped and the shells I crush and feed to the rest.
    but what to do for the coming cold any thoughts.
    there are a lot
    of bushed they can hide in but all is frozen.
     
  7. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    Bad Idea to house juveniles and adults together... Adults are carriers for things that can affect young birds...such as Cocci.. no immunity yet.... If you start getting sick birds...(younguns..) you will know why now.
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That may be true if your adults and juveniles are from different owners--if you've kept them together from hatch or from day-olds they will probably have immunity from day one. I always raise my adults and chicks together in the same building with just a chicken-wire door between--never had a problem and they integrated fairly well when I took down the door.
     
  9. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    I feed all of my adult hens grower/finisher. I wait til the chicks are almost as big as the adults so that way they can eat the same food and don't have to have different foods all over the place and that way the babies won't eat something they don't need and I have been doing this for over a year now.
     

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