Help about when to switch feed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cblakley0531, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. cblakley0531

    cblakley0531 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Shelton, WA
    My Coop
    WE GOT OUR FIRST EGG! Woooo! We are beyond excited! It happened yesterday. I still have no idea which chicken is laying but I was curious, should I switch to layer feed even though only one of my five hens are laying? There is a 3-4 week age gap between the oldest and youngest chickens. Thanks so much in advance!
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Simple solution - feed a flock raiser or other unmedicated grower ration (so if the feed you are using now is un-medicated you are already doing this) - and offer supplemental calcium (oyster shell) on the side. You can continue this the entire time you have a flock - that way it never matters if you have young/old, laying/not actively laying, pullets/hens or roosters in the flock - everyone gets great nutrition (plus side is extra protein vs. a layer ration) and the laying birds will take the calcium they need from the offered shell (which should be offered with laying ration anyway, imo)
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014

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