Meeting nutritional needs of hens of different ages

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by momma jules, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. momma jules

    momma jules New Egg

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    I have two age groups among my chickens. My marans are 19 weeks and one is laying already. My other chicks are 15 weeks and are a variety of breeds. How do I make sure my marans get the calcium they need without my younger birds getting more calcium and less protein than they need?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Continue all of them on grower feed until they're all laying. Provide oyster shell in a separate container for the birds laying. I do this and make sure they never run out of OS. I keep one container near the feed and another next to the nests. When the egg enters the shell gland they'll feel the need for calcium and seek it out.
     
  3. momma jules

    momma jules New Egg

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    Thanks! A simple solution. I love it!
     
  4. myneek

    myneek Out Of The Brooder

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    I had similar issues. I have laying hens (just) and had 2 week old chicks,

    Found that the hens preferred chick crumb rather than layered feed.

    However I wasn't to worried about it as mine roam the garden and feed on the various bugs and snails. The laying hens eggs are extremely hard shells so I assume they are getting what they need.
     
  5. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a question: If I provide a separate container of oyster shell, will the younger birds get into it?
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    They have access to it but won't really like the taste and avoid it.

    I've seen a rooster and the occasional chick peck at it, but rarely.
     
  7. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you. I have been worried enough about it that I am still buying crumbles and starter. Next time we buy, it will all be starter.
     

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