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how old do my chickens need to be to have layer pellets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by farmer12, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. farmer12

    farmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    please someone tell me
     
  2. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    i give mine layers from week 16-18 onwards

    growers pellets before that age
     
  3. farmer12

    farmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you think theyll eat it there olny 11 weeks old
     
  4. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    they will eat it at 11 weeks but its not teh ideal mix for growing hens

    grower pellets is specially formulated for growing chicken where as layers pellets is specially formulated for laying hens

    i would use the correct feed for there own well being and health

    my shed has about 4 different feeds so i can make sure i give correct feed to correct age chicken

    its is al for there own good
     
  5. farmer12

    farmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so would it be ok if i feed them that for a 3 or 4 days
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You can "sneak" a day or two or three with layer feed, but you have a loooong way to go before eggs appear. For their optimal health, layer feed is to be avoided. Wait until the egg actually show up. Sometimes that is at 17 weeks, but with many breeds, it doesn't happen until 25 weeks. There is absolutely no rush and no benefit achieved with the layer formula.
     
  7. farmer12

    farmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks it was not on purpose
     
  8. Lizard Feet

    Lizard Feet Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a complete neewbie, but as I understand, the layer feed has too much calcium and not enough protein. The protein can always be supplemented but too much calcium will build up and cause problems ( an adult hen would be using it up in shell production ).......I bought a bag a bit early myself...worse yet , Ive gone organic so it was a complete waste. Live and learn...and read BYC!
     
  9. farmer12

    farmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks i just got new feed so im good
     
  10. moomoodiddy

    moomoodiddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they start laying eggs slowly transition it from thier old food
     

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