I've read in a poultry book that heritage breeds (e.g. Sussex) should stay on chick starter through 8 weeks vs. 6. So I wanted to check if those experienced BYC-ers agreed with this or is there any harm on using chick starter through week 8?
Yes, I breed Light Sussex fowl. Currently am feeding them Purina Starter Grower and will till point-of-lay.Many people feed starter or starter/grower all the way to point of lay.
Karen - Just wanted to clarify why you start and stop using this when you do. Are you giving it just for the immunity boost? Do you ever give it to your mature girls?Yes, I breed Light Sussex fowl. Currently am feeding them Purina Starter Grower and will till point-of-lay.
I also give my chicks Poultry Nutri-Drench at 4cc per gallon the 1st 2 weeks of life and 2cc per gallon the next 4 weeks of life. See: http://www.bovidr.com/poultry.html You will also do just fine with 2cc per gallon for the entire 6 weeks. Have used Bovidr Labs products on my dogs and poultry for over 10 years, Just a great product.
Waterford English Light Sussex
in western PA, USA