I have a Question about feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by countrygirl911, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2010
    Hi everone i have 4 chickens that are about to start laying and 5 more a few weeks later i am getting 8 new babies next weeks and my question is i know by the time the new ones go outside the older ones will be laying how do i feed the different ages but give the older ones what they need inorder to produce healthy eggs can i just feed them the grower pellets then give the older ones oyster shell is it safe for the older ones to be on grower pellets that long dont they need to be switched to the layer pellets first time chicken owner and would really like some help
  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Best thing to do would probably be to put them on Purina Flock Raiser w/free choice oyster shells until their all laying!!

  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:That's what I'm doing.
  4. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Me, too. Works great. I keep a tuna can near the feeder filled with crushed eggshells/oyster shells. Just my oldest pullets are laying at this time...have 16 more waiting in the wings.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    You could use Purina Flock Raiser. It is pushed a lot on here.
    You can also use,
    A Starter/ Grower, (Unmediated)
    Game Bird Grower,
    Buckeye Big 4
    Kents Home Fresh 27 Poultry or Home Fresh Multi-Flock

    If you are going to feed either the Starter/ Grower or the Game Bird Grower just provide a sores of calcium for your older birds...

  6. whillergee

    whillergee Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    I have the same issue, although my two younger birds are only 4 weeks behind the older ladies (who are just now starting to lay - only one so far, but two more doing the "egg squat"). I've been putting out oyster shell and clean, dried, crunched-up eggshells, and it seems like they eat however much I put out. Will they really eat only what they need, and only if they need it? I'm a little bit afraid of messing with their kidneys if they don't know when to stop eating the calcium. Call me the Weird Worrywart Chicken Lady.

  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Quote:They'll be fine. Many of mine did the same thing when I first started supplementing with oyster shell, but slowed down by quite a bit after it had been out for a couple of weeks. They really do seem to know what their bodies need. Some hens still eat more of it then the others but I think they just need the extra calcium, maybe they don't get as much good stuff while free ranging as some of the other girls??....
  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Quote:Sometimes they'll over eat the "new thing" just because it's new, but they'll lay off when it becomes normal. I wouldn't worry.

    Quote:I don't push the Flock Raiser, but i do use it because my sources are sort of limited. If i could get an unmedicated game bird grower locally, i would use that. Sometimes unmedicated is hard to come by.
  9. whillergee

    whillergee Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    Thanks for the "feed"back, you guys (har har, I'm cracking myself up...). I want to make sure my little flock of six girls is happy and that they have whatever their egg machinery needs to produce those fabulous fresh eggs! The Leghorn started laying a couple of weeks ago and she's been cranking out an egg a day (one double-yolk!) and I can't wait for the rest of them to join in the fun. Somebody besides Della the Leghorn has definitely been exploring the nest box...
  10. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2010
    hi everyone thanks for the advice i really appreciate it why not feed them medicated when they are older and laying it is hard to find flock raiser around here all i have found id chicks starter/grower and layer feed plus the oyster shells so if i give them the starter/grower feed and the oyster shells will that be ok for them or should i order the flock raiser off line

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by