How long to feed to chicks chick starter?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blitz1027, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. blitz1027

    blitz1027 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    Like the title says how long do I need to feed my chicks chick starter? My birds are nearly 4 months old now.
  2. Maev

    Maev Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2012
    Yakima, WA
    Usually it says on the bag how long to feed. Do you have access to a "grower" feed? That's whats recommended to feed between starter and layer. If you don't have a grower feed at your feed store I think it's ok to feed starter until it's time to feed layer. Hopefully somebody with a little more knowledge will come by and elaborate a little more.
  3. Chicky-dees

    Chicky-dees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2011
    I'm no poultry scientist, but have a few years of experience under my belt as do most folks here...

    I brood my babies on medicated chick starter for 6 weeks and if there is any left in the bag after that, I let them finish it mixed with a regular adult bird ration ( I don't waste anything - LOL!). After 6 weeks, meat birds and layers go two different ways. As for layers, I know that the chick starter is too high protein after 6-8 weeks of age and can mess with their reproductive system causing early egg laying which can actually be harmful. So after 6-8 weeks I use a layer ration that is a little lighter on the protein from that point, but still has a good balanced nutrition for a growing, immature bird and has a decent calcium ratio so that their first eggs (when they do get old enough some as early as 5 months up to 8 months of age) won't be soft or goofy looking and they can get a good first start as laying hens.

    Maybe this helps? Good luck! I bet others have some great and better advice as well.
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I just feed them chick starter until they are ready to free range with the rest of the flock...about 2 wks, then I start feeding the whole flock on general flock feed with OS free choice until the birds are about 2-3 mo. old then they all get the same thing...layer ration.
  5. Really you can feed them chick starter all there lives I you wanted to it wont hurt them I buy my birds chick starter thin laying feed thin chick starter then laying feed do whatever you wan,t
  6. blitz1027

    blitz1027 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2011
    Thanks for the advice. I just didn't want to start feeding them pellets to early and cause them harm.
  7. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    You can switch them over to flock raiser at this point. It fills the nutritional requirement until point of lay. Then you can switch over to a layer ration which has the calcium needed for eggs. If I had a mixed age flock (it sometimes happens!), of teenagers and layers they all get flock raiser with free choice oyster shell on the side. The layers crave the calcium, the younglings don't.

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