Mature and hen younger pullets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sarah4, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. Sarah4

    Sarah4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 young barred rock pullets around 11 weeks old they are outside in the coop all day and night but I still have a heat lamp inside the coop at night, I'm not quite sure when they won't need one anymore. I recently regimes my 2 Ameraucana pullets bc they were aggressive and flighty. I am trading a guy for 2 1year old buff Orphington hens. I know laying hens need different feed than the young ones. How do I keep it separate? Do I need to keep it separate? I also have the best boxes blocked off bc I didn't want the youngsters sleeping in them at night. If I unblock them will they get in there and make a mess preventing my 2 new hens from laying in them? HELP!!! New to chickens.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    No heat is needed after 6 to 8 weeks, whenever they are fully feathered.

    You should not feed layer feed under 18 weeks. Dimply feed grower, flockr raiser or something ele other than lasyer, to everyone until they are all 18 weeks. it wont hurt the older ones at all, and will protect the organsof the younger ones. If you are concerned bout calcium for the laying hens, put out a bowl of oyster shell, separately.

    You can feel your whole flock a flock raiser formula routinely, and never use layer feed, if you wish. Some experienced chicken keepers never buy layer feed. this way, not only do they not have to worry about young chicks, their males don't get that extra calcium, either.
     
  3. Sarah4

    Sarah4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone have any home remedies for treating coccidia in your flock????
     

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