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How to feed different age chickens in the same coop

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by girard78, May 13, 2016.

  1. girard78

    girard78 New Egg

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    I have 6 laying hens that are on a layer feed. I also have 8 , 12 week old chicks on a grower feed. I want to combine them. What feed do I give them?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Grower.

    What is the protein % of the grower?
    Do you have a 16% All Flock feed available?

    The primary differences in feed are calcium % and protein %. Chicks need higher protein. Maturing birds need low protein. Layers can do well with 16-18% protein.

    Calcium is more critical. Layer is 4% and all other feeds are 1%. Birds not building egg shells should not be eating a 4% calcium feed.
     
  3. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, feed everyone Grower feed. Put a dish of crushed oyster shells on the side so the layers can get their calcium needs met. The younger ones won't bother with the oyster shell much, because they instinctively know they don't need it.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    yes, thank you @pdirt . I forgot to mention a calcium source on the side.
     

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