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layer feed

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by riyadh123, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. riyadh123

    riyadh123 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2013
    when should chicks start eating layer pellets. Please could you tell me the exact number of weeks? i've heard 12
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Most people wait until the first eggs start coming
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  3. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Mine that are in the breeder coop right now are at least 6 months old and get 50/50 layer starter feed. I like to wait until about 6 months or when the first egg gets laid to completely switch them over. Sometimes I go sooner than this on the birds that were hatched late in the season just so I can move the few stragglers into the main areas and get hatching again LOL.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I usually wait until the eggs appear, but there'd be no problem in just making the switch at 18 weeks. That is what Purina recommends. I make no endorsement of Purina, but here's their chart.

  5. birdsrfun

    birdsrfun Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2013
    S.F Bay Area
    18 weeks is a good 'general' age to switch. Depending on your breed, your hens may not lay until about 24 weeks. What breed are your hens?
  6. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2013
    Pinebluff, nc
    My Coop
    Beacuse I have a mixed age flock, the pullets go into the main coop and run when they are the same size as the hens that I currently have. When they go to the main run, their food is changed. I'll mix 50/50 for a week or two proior to introducing them. No issues yet.

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    This is what I do and it has worked out fine so far. If your in a pinch you could mix some layer pellets with the grower just before they are ready to lay, but I wouldn't advise that. It might cause problems if you give them to much?? Not sure on that one.

    Good luck!
  8. riyadh123

    riyadh123 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2013
    welsummers, ko shamos

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