Mixed age feeding with a twist...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MammaHen, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. MammaHen

    MammaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2008
    Knysna, South Africa
    I would like to put my 6 week chicks with the adults. I plan to change their food to grower and put out oyster shells for the layers. From what I've read on other posts this should do the trick. The problem is that because the feed is so expensive here I have been mixing the layer pellets with barley, oats and crushed maize in the ratio 3:1:1:1
    If I do the same ratio but replace the layer pellets with growers mash will it still be ok for the chicks or is this A REALLY SILLY question?[​IMG]
  2. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    My concern would not be feed, but age of the birds you are introducing into a adult flock. Watch for bullying and pecking, it could escilate to dangerous levels.
  3. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I agree, I have never been able to successfully integrate any juvies under 4 months into my adult flock.

    I usually just mix layer & grower crumbles and a little game feed and then offer oyster shell. That way the growing juvies get enough protein and the hens still get their layer feed.

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