My dad says layer feed now! I say one more bag of grower!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by HudsonValleyGirl, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. HudsonValleyGirl

    HudsonValleyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I bought my chickens from a feed store in April. Feed store said they were born the second week of April. My dad says they should start Layer Pelets this week. I say Layer feed end of August. Who is right?[​IMG]
     
  2. hellafarms

    hellafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would do the layer crumbles.[​IMG]
     
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    If they are laying - he is right. If they are not, you should feed non-medicated grower.
     
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Ha ha. There you go - now its 2 against 2.[​IMG]
     
  5. HudsonValleyGirl

    HudsonValleyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    They are not laying yet. Right now they are on Purina Start and Grow Medicated. I have enough left for Monday. I think Monday, I will go and get a bag of Organic grower. Do that for a month and at the end of August I will start them on a layer feed. I wanted to start them off on a bag or organic food before they lay.

    Is that a good thing to do?

    I have raised chickens with my dad my whole life, but new to raising them on my own.
     
  6. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Supporting organic growers is always a good thing to do if you can in my opinion, so that would be fine.

    The important thing is to get them off medicated feed (which is what your Dad and the other poster are probably saying). At four months, they still have some growing to do, so I like to stick with a higher protein feed (like Flock Raiser or your organic grower) and begin to leave some supplemental oyster shell down at this stage in case you get lucky with an early layer.

    (fixed typo)
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2010
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    When someone starts laying then switch to layer...keep them on grower until someone is laying.
     
  8. OrloffTom

    OrloffTom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posed the same question to the person at TSC. They suggested in getting a bag of layer and mixing in with my last bag of grower and then when they start laying just use layer.
     
  9. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i think i put mine on layer around age 10 weeks, but thats because they went i with the rest of the flock, who were laying. if they are by themselves, i would wait until around 15 weeks. and i would use crumble, not pellets. i dont think the pellets would be very good, and mine wouldnt eat them, so i feed them crumble which they eat fine.
     
  10. HudsonValleyGirl

    HudsonValleyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I will go and get organic grower. Thanks again
     

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