I bought the wrong food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by idahomama, May 5, 2009.

  1. idahomama

    idahomama In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2008
    My BO's are 7-8 weeks old and just finished the bag of starter food. According to my books, I should have them on a grower feed until I switch to layer feed.

    I accidentally came home with layer feed, protein content of 16%.

    Is this a really bad thing? Do I need to break my budget and go get the grower feed? Is there anything I can add to the layer feed to decrease the protein content?


  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Personally, I would go and buy another bag of grower. They're too young to do really well on layer feed yet.

    Feel free to save your layer feed for use in another 8 weeks!!

    How much are you paying for your feed? Grower feed here is only about $10 a bag... shouldn't be enough to break any budget?
  3. idahomama

    idahomama In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2008
    I paid $18 for the layer feed so I'm assuming that grower would be comparable. $18 won't break the budget but it's just another one of those extra-expenses that add up.

    Will the layer feed keep for another 8 weeks? I opened the bag last night since my darlings were out of food.
  4. shabbyfarm

    shabbyfarm Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    South central Iowa
    Should keep just fine as long as it does not get wet !!!
  5. teeny

    teeny In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    West Virginia
    i keep my feed in a tote inside for chicks or in metal 55 gallon barrels for all my other animals. ( rabbit, goat, chicken , pig ) You should spring for a new bag , you wouldn't want anything to happen to them by eating something they are not ready to actually eat yet. BEST OF LUCK!

  6. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I agree, they should have something other than layer. Starter should be fine if grower isn't available to you.

    Layer feed has more than 3 times the calcium that's in the other feeds. If the birds aren't making eggshells every day, all the calcium they digest must be eliminated thru the urinary track.

    It puts a strain on the kidneys and not all of the calcium can be eliminated. That means calcium deposits build up in their bodies.

  7. racuda

    racuda Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    If you haven't opened it, just exchange it. No broken budget.
  8. Quote:My thoughts exactly. Better to have healthy chickens, plus you will still use it eventually just not right now

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