Layer feed to broilers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mahsad, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. mahsad

    mahsad Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2013
    So I am thinking of buying a batch of broiler chicks, the thing is that I have a lot of layer feed, do you suppose my chicks will be okay eating that? I mean, they will get acquainted with Mr. Axe after 3 months!
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    I would not feed layer to broiler chicks. Even if you ignore the excess calcium, the protein is rather low. I've always fed 20% protein feed to broilers. I would also acquaint them with the axe around 8 weeks (if Cornish X).

    You should ask over on the Meat Bird forum too.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
  3. song of joy

    song of joy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    No, layer feed has way too much calcium in it for any type of chick (layer or broiler). It can damage their organs.
  4. mahsad

    mahsad Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2013
    Oh but the "layer feed" I use has 25% protein in it. One is supposed to mix 50% wheat with it.

    Yes, it is mostly because of the calcium. I know it would damage their organs, but wouldn't that happen in the long run rather than after 8-12 weeks? I think I have read, that someone always fed his broiler chicks with layer feed.

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