Pullet or Layer Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickengrandma, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have (almost) 6 month old pullet Bantams. They are not laying yet, but I think they should be any day now? (right?)

    I just ran out of Pullet (chick, pre-laying) feed for them. Should/can I start giving them Layer Feed, even though they haven't officially started laying? Or should I go get another bag of the pullet feed for them?
     
  2. Hillbilly Rooster

    Hillbilly Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depending on what you are using the bag should have a schedule on it on how long that you feed the pullets. I go by that and mine sometimes end up with layer feed before their laying and sometimes not.

    I would go to layer feed.
     
  3. sillyaboutchickens

    sillyaboutchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I am by no means an expert, but I think the layer feed can be fed after 18 weeks. Some of the feed I have looked at recommends starting (at an estimated) 4 weeks prior to laying, but not before 18 weeks. I believe the higher calcium content in the layer feed can damage kidneys of young chicks and that is the reason for the 18+ week recommendation on the layer feed.
     
  4. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your guidance. I never thought of looking at the bag (so simple! duh!).
     

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