layer vs grower food

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

  1. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

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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 11 Years

    You can keep them on grower and offer oyster shell free choice. When you run out, buy layer. Congrats!
     
  3. I think you should go take it back and get the layer feed. Congratulations on becoming a new egg mom!
     
  4. debakadeb

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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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