Layer vs grower

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mysterybirds, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Mysterybirds

    Mysterybirds In the Brooder

    May 6, 2007
    My gals are somewhere between 14-15+ weeks, can't say for sure as I didn't get them as chicks and the former owner was a little hazy on it. They look like little hens, they have rosy cheeks and combs, they make chickeny noises.

    The trouble is that when I sent my husband out for their feed the feed store only had layer pellets available for organic feed. They convinced him that at 14-15 weeks it wasn't going to be a problem to give them layer pellets. Oh, it is a random group in terms of breeds: RIRs, red sexlinks, wyandottes and Jersey Giants (or is that giantesses).

    My question is: will the layer feed be bad for them at this point? I don't want to mess them up but I also don't want to drive a distance to get the grower pellets if they don't need them at this point. I suspect I need to go looking for grower pellets. Can anyone tell me I'm wrong?

  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I dont know for sure, but i think they need to be on grower right up until you get eggs. I have a friend who put hers on layer too early and the eggs never came. The feed store had her put them back on grower and within a week they were almost all laying.
    So i think it might be important.
  3. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    You should start the swith over to layer around 17 weeks or when first egg arrives, chicks do not need the extra calcium in fact it can be harmfull when real youg, but I would think they are close enough to laying that switching them now should not hurt
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    I agree, a few extra weeks on layer feed instead of grower will not be a life altering event for them.

    I usually switch around 18-20 weeks, and have had birds start laying at 20 weeks and one at 30 weeks.
  5. Mysterybirds

    Mysterybirds In the Brooder

    May 6, 2007
    Thanks so much for the info! BYC is my favorite place these days!

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