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How do you feed when you have all ages mixed together?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SusanJoM, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    My flock is divided into two coops/runs right now. All the banties are in one (silkies, sebrights, b cochins), and all the standards are in the other (Ameraucanas, EE's, Marans, Black Austrolorpes and one Light Brahma).

    I've got kids ranging from two weeks to 4 months all together, and no one has started laying yet.

    They have plenty of room, and the standards get to free range all day, so they all seem to get along fine, but pretty soon some of them are going to start laying, and I'm wondering what I should do about feeding them then.

    I'm planning on trying the new very small laying pellets that I found (Kings), but.....I'm still going to have youngsters eating at the same feeders as layers.....(Currently everyone is still on medicated crumbles)

    Any suggestions?


  2. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I probably am not doing it "correctly", but I have 2 1/2 month olds in with 5 1/2 month olds and I have feeders with layer crumble and some with chicken starter. They all eat out of both feeders. It is just too complicated and hard (space wise) to separate them until they are both on layer. They are all doing fine and very healthy, normal size chickens for their ages. My first batch of chicks started eating layer crumble at 3 months due to my mistake but they grew up just fine. I either got lucky or it really doesn't matter.
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:I have pullets on grower/finisher and adult hens (and roos as well) on layer pellets. They all live together now so I just have one feeder full of each. I guess I'm hoping they'll go for what their bodies need? Not sure how that works but so I'm just making available what each needs.
  4. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    get your self some Purina Flock Raiser food, take away the layer and feed the flock raiser to all of them until the youngest is old enough for layer feed. Put out a dish of oyster shell for the layers and problems solved . Flock raiser is for all ages and types of poultry and safe to feed to all of them.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use Purina Flock Raiser too. I put out oyster shell for the hens who are laying. Even when everyone in a pen is laying age I don't feed layer because I don't want my roos to have all that extra calcium.
  6. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I've been wondering this too! But my local feed store doesn't have flock raiser. Does that mean I'm stuck having to use 2 different feeders?
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    You should be able to use your grower and then add the oyster shell, or whatever you will use for calcium, in a separate feeder. The layers will know what they need for calcium and eat accordingly.

  8. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    so the only thing wrong with flockraiser for layers is a calcium deficiency?
  9. Carole AM

    Carole AM Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Goshen, Indiana
    I use it too! I have to--with all the different sizes & ages, turkeys, ducks, chickens....

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