mixing chicks and older birds- ? about feeding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by toomanydogs, May 23, 2012.

  1. toomanydogs

    toomanydogs In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    I have 8 chicks that are about 2 months old. they are broody raised within sight of the older birds. One slipped out of their gate the other night and spend the night with the big birds with no problem. Mama hen spends some days with them and wants out with the other chickens sometimes now. I'm about ready to change them to grower ration but if I go ahead and just let them out with the grown birds how would I go about feeding them? just put out some of each feed out? would it hurt their growth to eat layer food at this age? right now they get about 90% starter with a little scratch and a few mealworms

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    They are too young to eat layer food. It's not good for chicks - too much calcium. Could you possibly feed them separately from the older hens?
  3. toomanydogs

    toomanydogs In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2011
    thanks Sumi, that's what I was concerned about. It's no big deal to keep them separated a while longer I just thought they might like more space

  4. ooh...i am in the same sorta position, what age should you swap to from chick starter/crumb to growers pellets???
  5. MarineCorpFarmr

    MarineCorpFarmr Songster

    Mar 9, 2012
    AL/TN Stateline
    My Coop
    We have come up with a simple method to deal with different age birds in our coop. Layer pellets mixed with 5 grain scratch are in one feeder and are hung higher while the crumbles go in another feeder we keep on the floor so the chicks can reach it. Hope this helps
  6. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    We have had a mixed age flock now for over a year, and during that whole time, have fed the entire flock the same feed...starter/grower. In a separate feeder we provide free choice crushed oyster shell to provide the needed extra calcium to the laying hens. Personally, we think the higher protein content means faster feather growth during molt and better production. But even if that isn't true, it makes things a whole lot easier. We provide them all with a little scratch each evening as a treat.

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