Need help. Should I be switching to Layer?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, about two months ago I bought a 50lb bag of grower feed for my girls (3 EE pullets). They are now 17 weeks and I still have roughly 35-40 lbs left. Is it ok to suplement with oyster shell and just finish off the grower or do I need to switch? And if I switch, what should I do with their grower feed? I hate waste...

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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I wouldn't switch until you're out of grower. If they begin laying, add the calcium. If not - Continue on. Layer feed is only needed when they're actually laying. Otherwise they still need that extra protein.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with the advice. Just offer oyster shell on the side and they will do fine. I will point out that both Grower and Layer should have 16% protein. The major difference in Grower and Layer is calcium, not percent protein.
     
  4. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! Thank you!
     
  5. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, I've been feeding grower plus oyster shell to my laying hens for over a month now because I still have pullets that aren't laying. I won't switch until all are laying and, if I have grower left, I'll mix the two until the grower is gone.
     
  6. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks get Start and Grow until they are 8wks old. I then switch them over to Flock Raiser for the rest of their life. When the layers start producing I provide oyster shell in a separate container.
     
  7. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use up whatever I have and then go on to the proper feed.
     
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  8. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock that three are three weeks older than the rest. I switched to layer at twenty-three weeks because I new my Dom's were about to start laying, and I was also running out of the start and grow. They have taken to it fine and I don't provide the oyster shell. My girls free-range all day long though. They seem fine so hopefully not doing it wrong here.
     

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