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Running out of Starter, can I finish 'em on layer feed?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BigSkyChickens, May 26, 2011.

  1. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

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    Hi All,
    My Cornish X Fatties are 7 weeks old today, and I'm about out of organic chick starter/grower.
    I don't want to order another 50 lbs. when D-Day is next Monday, so I mixed in some layer feed & scratch to make it last a couple more days.
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    My feed store only had medicated starter, and I'd rather not medicate during the final week.
    Can I finish them up on organic layer feed?
    I've read layer feed is bad for young chicks' kidneys, but I'm hoping this group is old enough to handle it at 7 weeks.
    Any advice is appreciated. [​IMG]
    Thanks!
     
  2. SethJ

    SethJ Out Of The Brooder

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    Absolutely,.....




    I cut off the starter after about 4 weeks,.....

    but i've fed all my birds all sorts of different protiens,.....you wont hurt a thing,..they'll actually like the different texture and size of the lay pellets too....
     
  3. SethJ

    SethJ Out Of The Brooder

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    p.s.,.....7 weeks to me,..is not a real young bird,......not for a meat bird,.......to me thats more like (middle-aged)[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  4. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

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    Thanks very much.
    No kidding, it's not young - one of them started crowing this morning! And it was pretty good for the first try.
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    they will be fine
     

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