Feeding question.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bonsai, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Bonsai

    Bonsai Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2011
    My three pullets are around 14-15 weeks old and I just ran out of chick starter feed. I have a bag of layer feed in the garage from my previous flock. My question is: Is it too early to switch them over? I don't want to go buy another bag if I can feed them the layer. Thanks.
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I've started as early as 16-17 weeks on layer feed with no bad effects. However, you might consider buying a bag of Flock Raiser. That's fine for your older birds too (plus it's higher protein than layer feed, so good for molting birds), and in a few weeks you can simply mix the Flock Raiser in with your layer feed so it all gets used.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I don't believe you'd have sobering, life threatening effects BUT... my greater concern is the health and potency of that old feed.
  4. Bonsai

    Bonsai Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2011
    The feed is about lets say 30 weeks since I bought it?
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    That might be a little old, might be OK. Make sure it doesn't have an off smell or moldy clumps. The bag should have the date it was packaged on the bag. It's usually printed on the seal strip on the top or bottom.
    I bought 4 bags of feed at TSC last week that was packaged in July. 3 of them had gone moldy. Mold will give chickens botulism and kill them.
    I had feed in an airtight container in a dry building about 3 months over the summer, the sugars in it fermented. It smells just like whiskey.

    Even if it's good I would still get some grower. You can feed grower to hens but shouldn't feed layer to growing birds.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011
  6. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    ive raised many many biddies on nothing but laying crumbles. they did just fine. its not my common method to do this but many times a hen will come outa the woods with a clutch of biddies and they eat layer crumbles and corn with no problems.

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