Separating Food

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sab, May 22, 2011.

  1. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ripley, WV
    My Coop
    How? I'm about to combine new younger birds with 1 yr. old birds in a new coop. I can easily separate the younger ones with chicken wire until the older ones seem to be willing to accept them. How do I keep the food separate if you aren't suppose to give laying feed until they are actually laying? Very likely the older birds are going to get to the younger birds food and vs versa. How have you guys handled this??

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I can easily separate the younger ones with chicken wire until the older ones seem to be willing to accept them.

    Seperate feeders will work​
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hi sab [​IMG]

    I have to do that a lot and found the easiest way is to feed everyone Purina Flock Raiser, with a separate dish of oyster shell for the layers. Even my ducks get the Flock Raiser, makes it very easy!

    Sally B.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:[​IMG] Agreed
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Quote:This is what we do, although we use our Grange's all-in-one feed, not the purina brand. But the idea's the same. I have six week old meaties, meaties that are way too old already, laying hens, roosters, broody hens, broody ducks, drakes, and four month pullets all eating the same thing. Just free feed the oyster shell, the layers eat what they need. I'd go nuts trying to feed everyone seperate food, and I'm lazy and like things to be easy [​IMG]
  6. CariLynn

    CariLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2010
    State of confusion
    Great timing for this post! I was going to post and ask if I could let my 7 week old pullets in with my adult flock as they are starting to fly over the double fence and get in with them, thankfully with no harm to the babies! I was of course worried about what to feed them, but saw the post about feeding all of them the Purina Flock Raiser for all of them.

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