How many weeks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DLS, May 8, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I am feeding purina medicated crumbles. How many weeks do I swich to regular feed & what kind is the same as crumbles? OR what can I swich to, & when?[​IMG]
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I use Purina medicated SunFresh Starter/Grower and feed it til point of lay ......
  3. DLS

    DLS Songster

    Quote:then what do you feed?what week is point of lay?
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  4. Liza

    Liza Songster

    Mar 27, 2008
    Dripping Springs, Texas
    I have read that point of lay is about 16-18 or 20 weeks. At that time switch to a layer crumble or pellet. My chicks are 8 weeks now and I just can't wait for the first egg! I am going to switch them at 16 weeks to layer crumble because they need the calcium for the egg production and not as much protein.

    I have also read that their combs start to turn red as the laying time approaches.

    I'm new at this too so if someone else has any additions or corrections feel free!

    Have a wonderful day!
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    The average is 18 - 20 weeks and then pullets should start to lay eggs. However, do not write that in stone. All chickens are different and some need 26 - 30 weeks to start laying.

    Point of Lay is when you see that first egg. Then start feeding layer feed.
  6. DLS

    DLS Songster

    Mine were born on easter sunday so the will lay in a while I can't [email protected]
  7. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Mine started laying this winter at 25 weeks. I kept them on Starter/grower till then, but there is no need to keep them on medicated feed for that amount of time. Tractor Supply carries unmedicated feed.
  8. n2h20

    n2h20 Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Pasadena Ca
    i just got a chick mash at the feed store, should i be feeding something different?
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    After the first 8 weeks, you ought switch to a pullet developer. If you keep them on starter the whole time until point of lay (PoL) they tend to overgrow, start laying too soon and are generally larger than they should be.

    With that said, I've never seen a pullet developer in a feed store. You can make one yourself by stretching your chick starter using about 25% cracked corn. This is what I do, more or less.

    Some people keep them on starter until PoL and their birds don't seem to be affected. But, to do it by the works, they shouldn't keep getting 20%+ protein up until PoL.
  10. chickmomma30

    chickmomma30 In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    Odessa MO
    I start mixing the chick starter with cracked corn when they have their real feathers not the down.

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