Layer feed for 17-week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Vinhos, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Vinhos

    Vinhos Hatching

    Jan 22, 2010
    Hi all...

    I'm getting ready to introduce a dozen new birds (BOs and RIRs) into our existing flock of older Araucana hens. I'd like to avoid having two different feeds and the inevitable hassle of keeping one group from the other's feed. I've read that layer feed can cause liver damage in young birds. Is 17 weeks too early to make this switch? It's important that I move the chicks out of their structure and into the main coop in the next week or so.

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    No, they'll be fine eating layer feed at 17 weeks.

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