How soon for layer crumbles or mash????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hoosiermomma, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Songster

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    What's the earliest (what age) you've started you chicks on something other than starter/grower? [​IMG]
     
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  2. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

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    with plenty of water avaiable..
    I add a little sugar to it for the first week.and I also
    give chopped hard boiled eggs.
    after the first week its dumor chix starter
     
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

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    Wait until you get your first egg. Kinda bragging here but i jiust got back from buying my first bag of layer feed cause i got my first egg this morning. I would suggest using crumbles or pellets. The mash is very fine and they can waste it. I'm using crumbles. They are the same thing just in different forms.
     
  4. SilverStar

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    I started giving my chickies crumbles at about 2 1/2 - 3 months of age. I still gave then Chick starter as well for about another month. [​IMG]
     
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  5. Marlinchaser

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    It is recommended to leave them on starter/grower till you get your first egg, then switch over.
     
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    The rationale is that layer feed, whether in crumble, pellet or mash, has more calcium than young birds' kidneys can handle. But laying birds need the extra calcium because they're manufacturing egg shells. And I guess the adult roosters' kidneys can now handle the extra calcium.

    I start my chicks at 18-20 weeks whether they've laid their first egg or not. Layer feed is cheaper than starter, and I'm a cheapskate.[​IMG] I give them pellets because they waste less when they spill it on the ground, pellets are easier for them to find & eat.
     

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