Layer feed for 14 week olds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jrudolph305, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. jrudolph305

    jrudolph305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 3 laying hens and just got 3 14 week old hens. They are all together in the same coop, run etc. I have just been feeding the layer formula (as I did with the older girls when they were 14 to 20 weeks old). Most folks say to feed a lower calcium food to the younger ones. However how do I feed different foods when they are all together?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    You have two choices as far as I can see. First, you could switch everyone over to a flock raiser type food and supply oyster shell in a seperate container for the laying hens OR You could just go ahead and switch the younger ones over to the layer feed; which is what I personally would do. Their going to be laying sooner rather than later and need to start a store of calcium in their bodies anyhow.
    Just MHO.
     
  3. jrudolph305

    jrudolph305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That what I did with our last mixed age group--just fed the layer food from 14 weeks on. I will still offer oyster shell for those that want some. Thanks
     

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