Hmmmm....what to feed the girls?

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

  1. ChickieNugget

    ChickieNugget In the Brooder

    Nov 13, 2018
    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    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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  3. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    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

    Aceoky Songster

    Aug 19, 2018
    W. KY
    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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