Layer feed qestion.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Fancy Feather Poultry, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    Well, so far I have one hen 17 wks and 12, 10 wks pullets and I am not totaly sure if my 17 wk a hen they are eating chick starter right now, and I dont know if its ok to start giving layer feed right now for one chicken. Should I just wait till the chicks get older and then start giving layer feed, cause i dont want to get layer feed and give it to the one hen/roo and figure out its a roo I dont know what I should do give layer feed now or just chick starter then layer feed when the rest of the chicks get older.
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    I would wait...set out the oyster shell when they/she start laying and give free choice yogurt now. If all goes well noone but the layer should be interested in the oystershell (only offer it in an apart bowl freechoice)... if on the offchance the non layers start pigging out on it (very unlikely but it can happen) then remove it (the oystershell) until all are laying... you need not worry about the yogurt.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2007
  3. deryl_reed

    deryl_reed In the Brooder

    May 21, 2007
    I feed 20 mixed feed to all my chickens from chicks to layers we have 400 birds no problems
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Once my chickens are in the big fenced in area and off starter, they all get the same mix. That has lay pellets in it. If the roos want lay pellets they can have them. This mix has not hurt them yet. Any bird can eat anything they want.

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