HOW LONG DO I FEED STARTER FEED?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ginbart, May 12, 2008.

  1. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I just read a post where they only feed starter feed for two weeks. I just got 100pds of starter feed because I thought the price will be going up. Everything else is. I have RIR's they are 7 weeks old. I have 9 of them outside. But I also have 18 - 2 weeks old. Any help? Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Normally you feed it until they start laying, then you switch to layer feed.
     
  3. catfish

    catfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second the reply, also look at the link in my signature.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I feed starter/grower to point of lay then switch them over to a layer feed.....
     
  5. schmism

    schmism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fed starter till about 6-8 weeks then switched to layer feed so i didnt have to buy a 3rd bag of starter. and could feed the same to all the girls (big and little) (dont have to fuss with to feeders, etc)
     
  6. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    I feed starter for 6-8 weeks then mix starter with pellets to get them use to pellets then by weeks 8-10 take them off starter completetly.
     
  7. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Whats the difference between 20% and 18% that I saw?
     
  8. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    not much, it's the protien level in the food. I have mine on 20%, but 18% is fine too.
     
  9. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about if the chicks are free-ranging part of the time? Should they still eat starter that long?
     
  10. coltsrox

    coltsrox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am growing mine on starter until 20weeks + thats what the bag says.
     

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