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layer vs grower food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by debakadeb, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased my chickens from TSC on April 11th. I assumed they were about 3-4 days old when I purchased them. That would put them at maybe 16 weeks of age. I figured they would start laying in about a month or so. Because of that, today I bought grower food.

    I came home to an EGG. Talk about excited. So..a question for the experts. Can I go ahead and feed them the grower food and supplement it with oyster shell or do I need to go exchange the food for layer pellets?

    The egg was a very nice shape with a hard shell. Very small but I feel like a brand new MOM.

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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You can keep them on grower and offer oyster shell free choice. When you run out, buy layer. Congrats!
     
  3. herbandteas

    herbandteas Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think you should go take it back and get the layer feed. Congratulations on becoming a new egg mom!
     
  4. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think since only one chick is laying, I'll keep the grower for the rest and offer the oyster shell free choice. Thank you both for your reply. [​IMG]
     
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    Congrats on the egg!
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I also would keep them on the grower til everyone is laying then switch over to layer.......Congrats on that first egg!!
     
  7. annrich

    annrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    congrats.. I would use up the grower then switch to layer
     
  8. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may be wrong for doing it this way but i have always mixed flock raiser with layer crumble along with scratch grains when they are about 18 weeks or older. I have never had a problem with egg production or weak shells. I never offer oyster shells i bought it once and they never ate it. I have had some of my birds for over a year and never had any issues with nutrition or egg problems. All my birds are healthy and happy. Congrats on the egg too [​IMG] !
     
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  9. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think mine are at best 17 weeks old but I think more like 16. I know that they were babies when I got them on April 11th. They could have been one week old. I got them the same day that TSC got them into the store. Because 4 of the 5 are sex links, that is probably why one is laying so early. So far, the 2 eggs I've gotten have had very strong shells. Can't wait for each day to see what I'm going to find [​IMG]
     
  10. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best of luck to you and your new laying hens [​IMG] i just got my first egg from one of my girls who hatched on 3-17 of this year [​IMG] i just love those pleasant surprises when you go out to collect the eggs [​IMG]
     

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