Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by verhey1999, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. verhey1999

    verhey1999 In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    when my chicks hatch out in the coop with the rest of the flock and i put them all on starter with oyster shells:idunno will they keep laying eggs?:idunno
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Are you talking about when a broody hatches her chicks will she keep laying? She will start back up laying after she raises her chicks. Keep the broody and babies separated from the rest of the flock until the chicks are old enough they won't get hurt by any other hens or roosters. Momma will protect her babies, but it helps to keep them in their own place for a while or section them off. The chicks should not have oyster shell until they are ready to start laying. You can keep some out for the momma but don't mix it into the food so the babies eat more than they should. They won't naturally eat it unless they need it.
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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Unmedicated starter with oyster shells and mixed grains/seeds is what I feed my flock all the time. Just don't let your oyster shells run out as the starter doesn't have enough for laying hens.

    You may wish to offer some scratch as well to your older hens- just call them over and toss a bit out to them.

    In the winter they do need more grains as they burn a lot of energy staying warm. Now that it is about spring if you still have snow on the ground (I see you are in the north) they will appreciate some grains fed along with the starter.

    Welcome to BYC!
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    TwoCrows has given you some good advice.[​IMG]
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the flock
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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