layer feed is all I have. I need starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickDaze, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. ChickDaze

    ChickDaze In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    I have nineteen week old chickens, which the layer feed bag says is perfect. However, I also have chicks that are almost exactly two months younger. I ran out of starter (don't bother with grower/finisher) and I fed them layer and what was left in the bag. They are starving, and they can't eat the cat food I am trying to give them because they can't get in their mouths. All the organic food i have is rotting or spoiled, and i don't have any meat. I can't risk them going out because some can fly over the fence, and last time all i got was a massacre when they did. How am i supposed to feed eleven pullets that are too young to eat layer and two roos that aren't supposed to be fed it either? [​IMG]
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    If they are all together feed flock raiser or starter with oyster shell on the side. I did that for 2 months. It worked fine. Layer feed causes kidney damage if fed before laying age.
  3. ChickDaze

    ChickDaze In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    All i have is layer, and they will need to survive for a while (at least a day). I read that feed ing oyster shell to them will damage their kidneys as well. [​IMG]
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    Feeding them layer for one day will be ok just not all the time. With mixed ages I just feed grower to everyone with oyster shell on the side.Your young pullets will ignore the oyster shell till their laying and the grower won't be a problem for your older hens either in fact I seem to get an increase in eggs with the higher protein while I'm waiting for the kids to be old enough for layer.
    Just put the oyster shell in a small container on the side don't mix it with the food. The older hens will take what they need.

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