I have no idea what to feed my chickens!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by xapikleia, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. xapikleia

    xapikleia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    So Cal Suburbs
    Insert embarrassed face here...

    We were given our Japanese hen as a gift, and she came with a bag of mash (?), so I haven't had to worry about buying her food. The bag is almost empty, so I'm heading over to the feed store today to buy something. I know what she can have for treats, but I don't know what to buy for her actual food. She's thirteen weeks old, and she is basically free-ranged (she eats the mash, but eats grass and does a lot of scratching too). What do I buy?

    Also, I'll be getting some five or six weekers to add to my tiny flock. Will they be ready to eat whatever she eats?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If she's 13 weeks old then she still needs the grower or starter/grower (whichever is available where you live). As soon as she lays her first egg or around 18 to 20 weeks you can switch her to layer feed and offer oyster shell seperately.

    Please keep your new chicks seperated from her for quarantine. It would be sad if you lost your current hen due to a disease the new ones brought in.

    Since you will soon have more than one age group you might consider getting flock raiser instead of the grower feed. That way everyone can eat the same thing.
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    You want to get her either "grower", "finisher" or "broiler". She's too young for "layer" -- don't give her that until she lays her first egg.
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:gritsar said it all [​IMG]
  5. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    With Dumor layer feed from
    TSC its not necessary
    to feed oyster shell its already in the feed.

    but I do add grits to the 50# lb.

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