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Older hens & young chicks - how to separate feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bumpa, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Bumpa

    Bumpa New Egg

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    BiI've got 3 hens that are 3 years old and eat lay pellets. I just bought 3 new chicks (two weeks old). When I put them out with the older hens, what is the best way to keep their feed separate. Chick starter & lay pellets, so they won't be eating each others food?
    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You can't. They will eat each other's feed.
    You need to feed the whole flock starter/grower/all flock feed and provide crushed oyster shell in a separate container.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Just give one feed that is safe for all, which is basically anything other than layer. Layer is for actively laying birds only, but it isn't really needed at all. There is no magic ingredient in it. It's just regular feed with a lot less protein and a whole lot more calcium. All other types of feed can be fed for the entire lifetime of any chicken. The only thing extra that layers need is a source of calcium, which is easily provided by offer crushed oyster shell separate from the feed.
     
  4. Bumpa

    Bumpa New Egg

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    Thank you for your knowledge on this. I will do just that.
    Bill
     

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