just a few questions......first time chicken "mamma"

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by budrox1, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. budrox1

    budrox1 New Egg

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    we have 2 barred rock and 2 RIR they are 15 weeks old, the lady at the store told us we need to feed them purina start and grow until they lay their first egg (none yet )but they go thru so much and still seem hungry should we get them something else this time? what would you guys recommend? and can you tell little hens from rosters ?one of my barred rock babies has red ears is that just her/his uniqueness or something I should be concerned about? thanks in advance :) I know its a lot [​IMG] 1
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  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
    Looks like you have all pullets. I feed my 16 week pullets Nature Wise chick starter/grower.
    I also let them eat table scraps and weeds. I have no problem with them being hungry. Your girls look very friendly.[​IMG]
     
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  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO, food is food. If you switch the brand, they still will eat just as much. To me it looks like you have two barred rock pullets & two Rhode Island Red pullets (4 hen).

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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    They are all pullets. Changing the brand of feed won't make them eat any less--chickens always eat throughout the day and seem hungry. At this age they should be eating a starter/grower, grower, or flock raiser feed. When they begin laying or at least reach 18 weeks of age, you can then start feeding them layer feed.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    All of your chickens are pullets. The red "ears" on your Barred Rock are her earlobes- its a normal characteristic of the Plymouth Rock breed.

    I wouldn't change the feed. They should be fine with what they are getting. Do they have feed available at all times?
     
  6. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome,your girls are beautiful,they look happy and healthy[​IMG]
     
  7. budrox1

    budrox1 New Egg

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    we fill the feeder in the am and in the evening, they roam in the day for grass and bugs and they usually get a treat or two (tomato,noodles,rasins etc...) their voices are changing too my little fred sounds like a goose some mornings :)
     
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  8. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that's what chickens do! They love to forage for food as well. They are getting a nice well rounded meal by doing that.. :)
     
  9. arkansas55

    arkansas55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome advice,ours free range,get feed morn and night,have watermelon to eat today,its hot and they are loving it[​IMG],with all the bug's,grass,frog's,lizard's,well they eat almost anything,so they are getting good food everywhere they roam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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