Feeding young/older chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kellywags, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. kellywags

    kellywags Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have 14 week chickens who are on medicated feed. I'm considering getting a couple new chicks that are 6 weeks old. After their quarantine of 4 weeks, how would you do the feed (granted I'm hoping for laying chickens at 16-18wks). Can my laying chickens and younger chickens eat layer feed? We have a small coop so splitting the run isn't an option
     
  2. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    Not totally sure what you are asking but I will say this, I have chicks that live with their mothers outside and they have eaten hen food all their life. Granted my food is crumbled so they can swallow it. Our feed is a layer feed so I don't think you should have a problem with your younger chicks eating the adult food :)

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  3. kellywags

    kellywags Out Of The Brooder

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    My question should have simply been, "can 10 week old chickens eat layer feed without issues?" So yes you answered it
     
  4. Elky

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    Ok well good luck with your birds : )
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I would feed both groups non medicated grower, you can provide oyster shells in a separate dish as your hens begin to lay. I personally don't feed layer due to the lower protein and my mixed flocks. I feed a non medicated grower and a pelleted All Flock. Layer has too much calcium for chicks so I wouldn't feed it to anything but laying hens.
     

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