Multi-Age Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by thehappynunu, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. thehappynunu

    thehappynunu Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 year old hens that are currently eating Nutrena Layer 16% and I am about to integrate 10 twelve week old chicks into the flock. What is the best way to feed them so that the hens will get enough calcium and the little ones won't get too much. I have been feeding the younger ones Nutrena Chick Feed. The feed stores around here carry Country Acres, Purina, Nutrena, and Dumor. What is the best way or feed to feed a multi age flock?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Any of the starter/grower/chick/flock raiser feeds should be fine, n 18-20% protein range should be fine for everyone. ... pretty much anything besides "layer" feeds. Have calcium on the side for the layers, they will eat what they need and the chicks will leave it alone.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's what I've always done. I feed everyone an all-in-one type feed, I think it's 20% protein, everyone of every age and gender eats it. I toss oyster shell in the run when I think of it. Only the layers eat the oyster shell, the babies and the roosters don't care for it.
     
  6. rosiekitty94

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    I have a question similar to this one. My local feed store started me with using multi-flock feed and I'm under the impression that this can be given to chicks once out of the brooder, layers, breeders, and whenever the flock is in molt. Is this correct?
     
  7. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a feeder of layers pellets, and a feeder of chick starter.

    My flock is a mix of chicks, laying hens, and roosters.

    I have fed like this for years, and never had any problems. Plenty of eggs and healthy chicks.

    They also free range most days to get their greens and grit on their own.
     
  8. donrae

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    I don't know exactly what feed you're using, but it sounds similar to my all-in-one. I feed mine to everyone, from new hatched chicks to old hens or roosters, year round, molting, laying, whatever. It's all I use. Just toss oyster shell in for the ladies to snack on.
     

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