RUNNING OUT OF FOOD..WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chickaroo!, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My "chicks" are going to be 18wks old next Friday. I'm out of starter/grower and need to get them more food. It only comes in 50lb. bags so I'm pretty sure most of that would go to waste, as they soon will be eating layer. What should I do?
     
  2. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would have them on layer..At 16 weeks all mine are on layer or breeder pellets
     
  3. Heather J

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're mostly done growing by now, I'd go ahead and give them layer, which will get them ready to start laying too. [​IMG] At that age the extra calcium won't hurt a bit.
     
  4. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just go ahead and buy them layer feed. That is what my chickens ate at about 18 weeks. They have been laying an egg each almost every day for about 2 weeks now and nothing is wrong withh them and not one of their eggs have been soft the are just perfect!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    There's nothing wrong with finishing out the chick feed on adult birds, as far as I know. I just make sure to offer them oyster shell or boiled egg shells for the calcium when they start laying . . . I never buy layer for my birds until everyone has started laying, so my birds are usually well into adulthood before all my chick feed is used up and I'm ready to switch. I've never had problems.
     
  6. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just an F.Y.I. b/c I didn't mention it in my first post...none have started laying yet. From what I'm gathering, if I switch them to layer, it wouldn't be an issue?
     

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