I bought the wrong food

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

  1. idahomama

    idahomama Out Of The Brooder

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should keep just fine as long as it does not get wet !!!
     
  5. teeny

    teeny Out Of The Brooder

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    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' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

    Steve
     
  7. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you haven't opened it, just exchange it. No broken budget.
     
  8. Big Chicken Little

    Big Chicken Little Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:My thoughts exactly. Better to have healthy chickens, plus you will still use it eventually just not right now
     

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