Is chick starter bad for laying hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gpac, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. gpac

    gpac Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it bad if laying hens eat chick starter (broiler)? A couple of my hens seem to prefer it. They always try to get at my pullets feed through the coop wire and sometimes eat the leftovers even though they have their own food.[​IMG]
     
  2. Shannoniganshens

    Shannoniganshens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been wondering the same thing, my hens won't touch their feed until they are sure they can't get anymore spill from my chicks.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    They will be just fine in it..

    Chris
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have free choice oyster shells handy so the hens can get it as needed. If you still have chicks keep feeding the starter until they get to the 18 week stage then mix layer in with it until the starter is gone. By that time the hens should be accustom to the layer feed.
     
  5. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it should be fine for them i always feed all my chickens the same feed..if i have chicks they ll eat starter..so on until they all are up to the same adult feed [​IMG]
    also if the chick feed is medicated you shouldnt eat the eggs..was told it could do harm..
    if not medicated feed its ok..
     

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