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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by albird101, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. albird101

    albird101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my baby chicks are being shipped whensday and should be here thursday, so I'm going later to buy some chick starter for them, but I had a question I have 8 easter eggers going on there 15th weeks and there surprisingly really small, someone told me I should start them on grower feed already till they lay, so what are your opionions?
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can keep them on chick starter if you want but I think you would want to put them on grower because they need more protein now that they are feathering out
     
  3. albird101

    albird101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    They need the proteins and energy, so you want to keep them on the starter.
    A grower type feed has less protein than a starter.
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It doesn't matter what the name of the feed is (except layer)

    What you want to do is check the protein percentage and calcium percentage.
    20-24% protein is ideal up to about 6 weeks or so, then you can cut back to about 18%. At 12 weeks or so you can cut back to 15%.
    Many people don't have those options. You can start with an 18% start & grow for the duration till beginning layer feed if that's all you have available.


    Calcium needs to be about 1% until laying commences then up it to 4% or make sure crushed oyster shell is always available separately.
     

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