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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hulufarms, Apr 7, 2011.
When should I switch to "Layer Feed" or scratch?
My general rule is if I see an egg, they are ready for Layer pellet or crumble.
Like Alexis, I have always fed chick starter until they are laying or getting ready to lay. I have read from multiple books that around 8 weeks it is good to switch to grower (different from layer or chick), but I have never bothered.
Everything I've been reading is that scratch is not a food. It's a treat and should be fed sparingly.
Feed starter until the instructions on the back tell you to switch
Scratch is a treat, not a complete food, so please do not feed just scratch.
I feed starter feed (Purina Start & Grow) until I get the first eggs then begin blending in the layer feed until the starter is all gone.
As others have said scratch feed is not a complete feed in itself. You'll want a complete feed such as a good layer ration when they begin to lay.
okay, thanks. I guess I'll feed starter till they lay....
i feed my chicks medicated starter for 8 weeks that is mixed with game fowl for extra protein, then I mix the grower with it. then at 18 weeks i do layer feed...
You have great advice here! The only other thing we do is, say we bake more tater tots than we eat we give them to the chicks. I am a private pilot, so have people always bring me odd things to give the girls (becouse I gift them chickens at times), But I as others have said, soft. You will see.