Flock of mixed ages - what to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JLS, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    At this point I have layers and 11 week olds in the same coop. I currently have 2 feeders, one with grower crumbles and one with layer pellets. The hens LOVE the grower crumbles. I have noticed the young ones eating pellets from time to time. I also keep oyster shell in a wall feeder for free choice feeding which I am going through a lot of now!

    Will the younger ones be okay of they're eating the layer pellets/oyster shell? Will the layers be okay if they eat the grower...a lot of it too?
     
  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think you can feed the little ones layer feed just yet. I feed all mine from 8 weeks up Flock Raiser pellets/crumbles with free choice on the oyster shell. Solves all my problems!!Protein is fine, not too high, not too low, and I don't have to worry about keep the big ones seperate fom the little ones.
     
  3. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    Quote:So I just need to put the enire flock on Flock Raiser w/ free choice oyster shell? The hens will get enough calcium?
     
  4. AnnainMD

    AnnainMD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have layers on grower right now because I also have a mixed flock. I offer oyster shell free-choice and the shells have been nice and hard. There's only one way to find out and that's to try it. Good luck!
     
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  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

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    That's pretty well it, you have to try it and decide for yourself - I don't use the grower feed frmo TSC because it made their poop smell really bad............so I just did the flock raiser with oyster shell. The hens get their calcium from the free-choice oyster shell.
     

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