Layer feed even if they don't lay?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pox, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Pox

    Pox Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I have 2 barred rocks, 14 weeks old, on chick starter. Winter is right around the corner and I am wondering if I should keep them on starter (scratch as a treat) until they lay eggs, which may not be until spring?
    Or should I start mixing in layer at a certain age? My feed store only carries chick starter and layer pellets.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I start mixing layer feed with the grower at about 4 months of age. I gradually increase the amount of layer and at the same time decrease the amount of grower until at around 20 weeks,they are on straight layer. I continue feeding layer year round for adult birds,regardless of the season. I don't think drastic changes in feeds is good for them.
     
  3. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is the chick starter medicated?
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely start transitioning them now a bit at a time. Ideally, you would have stopped the starter at the 2-3 month mark and lowered the protein to a "pullet developer" level.
     
  5. Pox

    Pox Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks all! Btw, they were on non-medicated chick starter, I'll start mixing in small amounts of layer pellets at the end of the month.
     

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