In the Brooder
8 Years
May 17, 2011
New Albany, MS
I have 6 3 month old NHR , and I also in the same coop/run I have 3 1yr BA's ,

my question since I have the older hens with the younger ones at what age can you feed layer pellets, cause I know the older hens need more than chick starter. My other coop is in the building stages so trying to figure the best way to feed them for the moment thanks


Crossing the Road
11 Years
Feb 2, 2009
Southeast Louisiana
You can feed them all Grower or something else and put oyster shell on the side for the laying hens.

I suggest you not use medicated. I'll mention that this one is somewhat controversial, the medicated withdrawal for eggs that is. Some manufacturers say you do not need a withdrawal period for Amprolium while others recommend a pretty long withdrawal period. I go by what a bird veterinarian said. He did not think it was a big deal but, since it is controversial, he recommends a week withdrawal. I think some people confuse the small amount of medicated in the Starter with the much stronger doses if you are treating an outbreak, but I'm not a medical professional. I don't know.


10 Years
Oct 2, 2009
I would go with either unmedicated chick feed, grower, flock raiser, or gamebird, then have oyster shells free choice on the side for the hens.

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