Layer feed??

Lhummel

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Help! I have 22 week old chickens (RIR, Buffs, EE), none are laying. I am finishing up bag of food. I’ve read if they are not laying and get fed layer food, it can damage kidneys. (Also what if a few are laying and the rest are not?) I am willing to mix my own but just read changing them over from what they are used to (crumbles to my own mixed whole grain) can be detrimental. I can offer oyster shells but have not yet. I am concerned they need more protein. I don’t know what to buy...
 

MysteryChicken

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I use 120lbs of All Flock Pellets with 20lbs of layer mixed in the feed bin. I keep extra calcium such as Oyster Shells, & Eggshells on hand in case anyone needs any extra calcium, which isn't very often.

My non layers usually go around the layer pellets anyway, same with the boys.
 

GC-Raptor

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I've been feeding a Non-medicated Starter Grower feed or a All-Flock crumble 18 to 20% with Oyster Shells separately for 3 years.
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I get nice eggs.
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GC
ETA; I offer Oyster Shells after 15 weeks old, before first egg. Pullets take as needed.
 
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Abriana

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I start feeding layer a few days/weeks before laying age. My rooster ate it all his 4 1/2 years with no problems.
 

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