newbie multi age feed question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by penknee, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. penknee

    penknee New Egg

    Apr 5, 2011
    So I've got 4 hens that are about 18 wks old, still on a grower til the bag is empty. In about a month I'll have a few more chicks that will be 4 weeks old. they were supposed to be a surprise for my b-day. anyways, my local feedstore doesn't carry a flock raiser. they suggested i use a free range layer/breeder thats 18%. will this be ok for my young girls? I will also have oyster shell available to the older ones. they free range my yard during the day as well.
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I wouldn't give the 4 week olds layer feed IMO I would keep them on grower since the hens are getting outside to forage it should be fine for them also. Hopefully this bump will get other opinions for you as well [​IMG] Good luck!
  3. penknee

    penknee New Egg

    Apr 5, 2011
    Ya, I thought it was weird of them.
    Anyone have any tips? I don't really have to space to feed and house them separately. Should I just continue to feed all the birds grower and off offer oyster shell for the older girls?
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Quote:That's what I do!
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Quote:If you look at the analysis of nutrient value on the label, the only significant difference between Grower and Layer is the calcium. If you feed them all Grower with oyster shell on the side, you are doing what I do when I have a mixed age flock.

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