layer vs grower

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by andy, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. andy

    andy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi could somebody tell me the diffrence, between layer and grower pellets,,, as soon my chicks will be off crumbs,,can i feed them layer as ive got loads? or not?
     
  2. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Layer is meant for hens that are laying eggs as it has extra calcium and phosphorus.

    As they begin to lay between 18-21 weeks of age...that's when you should begin giving Layer feed. At this point, you should also give oyster shell free choice...they will only eat it if they need it, so no worries about them "over doing it".

    In the meantime, make sure your layer is well stored so that it doesn't go rancid. Cool dry place...preferably air tight.

    Good luck with your chicks!

    Sandra
     
  3. FingerLakesChick

    FingerLakesChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I'm in the process of weaning my chicks off starter and switching to grower I've done a lot of research. This is how I understand the different feeds work:

    0-7 weeks = starter (medicated)
    8-17 weeks = grower (helps them grow big and strong)
    18 and on = layer (proper nutrition for laying eggs)

    You want to be careful feeding layer feed to chickens under 18 weeks because it contains a lot of calcium and can damage their kidneys. So if I were you, I wouldn't feed the layer too soon.

    Hope this is helpful, this is what I plan to do.

    Good luck.
     
  4. andy

    andy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you
     

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