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Grower vs Layer Feed . . . when do you make the switch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dunham, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. dunham

    dunham New Egg

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    14 BR's - 18 weeks old 1st started laying 1 1/2 weeks ago, 2nd today. 12 others still not laying. How do I continue to give grower feed to the growers and layer feed to the layers.

    Chickens are free range, locked up at night and we have feeder inside the coop. We have been mixing grower and layer.

    This chicken business is hard work [​IMG]
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    When mine were 18 or 19 weeks old I only had one or two that had started laying but I just switched everybody over to the layer feed when I used the last of the starter/grower.
     
  3. tdkmom

    tdkmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I'm planning to do. Mine are 12 weeks now but when I am at 18 weeks I'll just finish out the grower and switch everyone over.
     
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I just switched mine to Layer this week. They are 16 weeks and my BR looks like she's almost ready, the others may take awhile, but I think 16 weeks is acceptable.

    (I do have some grower left, so for this first week I'm mixing in layer slowly to get them used to it.)
     
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I started mixing layer feed in with the last 5 gal bucket of finisher feed, approx 19 weeks old.

    Kinda went with when I was running low of a bag of finisher, because of their age I wasn't buying another 50lb of finisher feed just to have them start laying in a couple of weeks. Two started laying in the middle of their 20th week, 2 still aren't laying yet and I think they're close to 22 weeks now.

    It's TSC Dumor feed, and it says you're "supposed" to start them on layer a week before they are expected to lay, so a little early seems to be OK even by the recommendations on the bag.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    They will all be ok with the layer feed. Some say not to switch till laying but I always switch around 18 weeks, seems like I run out of grower around that time. You can continue to mix till you are out of grower.
     
  7. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Well, I switch mine over about 16-18 weeks... I start mixing the last of the grower with the layer pellets to get them used to it and by the time they are all laying they are all on the pellets [​IMG]
     
  8. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    The employees at the feed store I go to have told me to wait until 20 weeks to switch - is that too late?
     
  9. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    Quote:my youngest are 16 & 17 weeks, the oldest 19-20 weeks, no eggs yet, athough the two eldest are very "red" around the comb and wattles, so it will surely be soon. I started "mixing" a couple of weeks ago, and am now feeding layer, with no ill effects that I can see, all are healthy and happy and have the energy level of a normal 2 year old child. . . . I can't be doing very much wrong!
     
  10. ABHanna4d

    ABHanna4d Out Of The Brooder

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    you folks seem to really know what you are doing! I am so new to this and am really confused to what feed to give my girls! (we are picking up 5 BO on thursday and I want to be ready but still havent decided what to feed them...they are 9 weeks old)
    Do you all just get regular store bought feed by the 50 lb bag or do you make your own? (I found a "Grower Finisher" at Tractor Supply, is that a quality bag of feed?)
    Is there anything specific I need to be looking for when I buy their feed?
    Any additives to give the girls? We are going to let them free range in the backyard during then day and then be in the coop at night.
    Im just realy lost and need to get them some feed before Thursday!
    Also can I just store the feed in the bag or do I need to get a sealed container so no bugs get in? If bugs get in it, wont that be good for the girls?
    Thank you,
    Abby
     

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