Hmmmm....what to feed the girls?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickieNugget, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. ChickieNugget

    ChickieNugget In the Brooder

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    Our girls are around 7 months old (hatched over the summer) and haven't started laying yet. Since it's now winter I don't expect that they will until spring time. We've been feeding them Starter/Grower feed but wondering now if we should change their feed to layer feed or just wait until they start laying. Thoughts?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Some switch to an 'all flock' type feed and provide oyster shells on the side. Day length is increasing, and they may start laying.
     
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    azygous Crossing the Road

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    It's customary to feed layer only after they begin to lay. You aren't required to feed layer feed to laying hens as long as you provide a calcium source.

    Many of us gave up trying to balance feed for a mixed flock that includes baby chicks, laying hens, old, retired hens, and roosters. An all -flock feed such as Purina Flock Raiser is what I feed all the time, and it works just fine for the layers. I even feed it to baby chicks instead of chick crumbles.
     
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I only feed a Grower finisher feed once off Starter. I supply Oyster shell in a separate bowl. I never feed layer.
     
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  5. Aceoky

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    I'm not sure what breeds you have, that being said with the longer days they could start laying. I also don't feed layer, but I would offer oyster shell free choice in a bowl ASAP .
     
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