Laying feed sold to me instead of plain chicken feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mommom4, May 12, 2011.

  1. mommom4

    mommom4 Out Of The Brooder

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    When can chicks have laying feed? They're on chick starter (and other tasty morsels) now but have to go back to the farmer supply and want to know whether to return the laying feed for regular feed or keep it.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I generally advise waiting until they start laying, but definitely not before at least 16 weeks. Layer has a lower protein level and higher calcium level- both are unsuitable for chicks.


    ETA, you can store the layer for later, if you have adequate dry storage that will keep bugs and moisture out.
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I'd just store it. Put it in a tub with secure lid. You'll need it at 18 weeks anyhow, which comes fast enough.
    No, don't feed it to them now.
     
  4. mommom4

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    A Big Thank You!!!!
     

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