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keeping layer feed and grower feed seperate????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blueheaven, May 22, 2011.

  1. blueheaven

    blueheaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am getting 14 new chix tuesday...yeah!
    however, i have 8 hens and will combine the chix when they are 6 weeks or so.
    that is too young for the pullets to eat layer feed.

    anyone have suggestions on keeping the hens eating their food and pullets eating theirs?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    My flock ranges in age from a week to 4 years, or so. Everyone gets grower or flock raiser. Oyster shell and grit are offered separately. No problem with the egg shells.

    IMO, your problem is not the feed, it is planning to mix 6 week old chicks with mature chickens. Much safer to keep them where they can see each other but physically separated til all are the same size.

    Read here -- just scroll down past the quarantine part (not really needed for chicks you raised:)

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-adding-to-your-flock
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Agree with ddawn. Feed something they can all eat, if you wish. You put your little ones at risk of being pecked on, beat on rather mercilessly. I don't even try to co-mingle until chicks are 14-16 weeks. There is enough chicken politics without that, YMMV.
     
  4. blueheaven

    blueheaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the will be supervised when together, but different runs until same size.
    thanks for info
     

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