OK to switch feed to layer feed?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by garye5007, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. garye5007

    garye5007 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    My 2 BRs and 3 RIRs are 18 weeks old and i have to buy feed soon and i would like to know if i can switch to layer feed when i run out?
    i hate to buy another bag of grower when they are, hopefully, going to lay soon!
    Thanks, Gary
     
  2. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes Gary it is OK to switch, just make sure they have grit available either from the ground they scratch or a bowl that you provide. If they are outside on the ground and there are small pebbles and dirt then they don't need any additional. Good Luck [​IMG]
     
  3. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NEVER give pullets straight layer feed until they start to lay eggs, chick starter/grower has the nutrients they need till they do start 2 lay, you may be able to mix the 2 up together??? you need to ask your feed store what they reccomend they should know.
     
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    At 18 weeks it's safe to start giving them layer feed!!

    Missi
     
  5. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switch mine about a month before they start laying. About 16 weeks. Mine are at 10 weeks so I will change them over the first of September. This way it gives them the added protien needed to produce eggs. It will not hurt them at all. Change feed any time.
     
  6. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The feed store told me that you want at least a month of them eating the laying feed before they start laying because it gives them time to get the medication from the chick feed out of their system before they lay eggs that you will eat. I thought it sounded like good advice since I don't want that medication in me.
     
  7. garye5007

    garye5007 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the replies!
    they are on un-medicated growth feed and i plan to buy layer feed and start them on that.
    Thanks again!
    Gary
     

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