How old should the young birds be...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by IggiMom, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    When should I change my adolescent chickens over to layer ration?


  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    18 weeks or laying!
  3. juliawitt

    juliawitt Songster

    Aug 9, 2009
    My 16 7 week old pullets are integrated in with my 2 mature hens during the day in the is the problem; They run for the big girls layer crumbles the minute they get out!! Is this bad for them? At night they are still segregated in their own brooder (around 7is) and then they are forced to eat their baby crumbles. What can I do to keep them out of the layer food??? I didn't worry until I kept reading different posts.......
    Should I worry? Are they not get nutrients?
  4. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    A little shouldn't hurt but layer has extra calcium for egg formation. Too much calcium can cause developmental problems in young chicks. I would try to keep them out of the big girls feed for a few more weeks. Like the previous post said, about 18 weeks is ideal. Good Luck
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I started mine around 16 weeks, because I started getting eggs then. I know they are not all laying yet, but they do all get layer pellets now at 20 weeks.

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