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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sam208, Oct 7, 2009.
Why should you wait intill the hen starts to lay be you start feeding laying mesh???
I didn't wait. I finished my last bag of starter/grower combo when they were about 18 weeks and just switched over to layer crumbles. That's what the instructions suggest on the bag I had and it seemed like a good idea to me for them to start getting layer feed just before they started laying anyway.
Basically they don't need the extra calcium until after they start laying. They don't use it if they're not producing eggs and that means they have to get rid of it.
Young chicks grow so quickly it puts a huge strain on their body trying to get rid of it. It can damage their organs.
Once they are past that explosive growth stage they can handle the extra calcium better, they still need to get rid of it, but it isn't so hard on them.