Seperate or keep them together?

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Chirping
8 Years
Apr 13, 2011
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Spring Creek, NV
Ok so now that my chicks are 5wks old I have been putting them in with the big girls and everyone is doing really well but my concern is what do you do about there food? The big girls are 23 wks old and on laying mash I was told not to give this to the chicks do I need to seperate them until they are big or is it ok for them to eat what the big girls are eating?
 

Wildflower_VA

Songster
8 Years
Apr 2, 2011
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Raphine VA, Augusta County
It's not okay for the 5-week-olds to eat laying mash. What usually happens with mixed-age flocks is that they all eat what the young birds eat and offer the layers oyster shell on the side for extra calcium. All of them can eat grower feed just fine.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
Flock raiser feed with oyster shell on the side is what I feed as well. This also works better if you have any roosters, who don't need the extra calcium of layer feed. All of my chickens get the flock raiser, from the youngest chicks to the oldest hens.
 

JanaBanana1

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 22, 2011
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Quote:Can the newly hatched babies eat the Flock raiser too? I haven't heard of that food yet... thanks
 

JodyJo

Songster
9 Years
Sep 27, 2010
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Colorado
I am at that position also, 16 week olds and 6 week olds...I am going with Grower/Starter with Oyster shell on the side till the young ones catch up.
Or Flock Raiser if you can find it, I can't in my small town.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
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SW Arkansas
Quote:Can the newly hatched babies eat the Flock raiser too? I haven't heard of that food yet... thanks


Yes, they can. Some folks prefer to feed the mama and chicks medicated starter, for the protection from coccidiosis it provides. However when I had my first broody I read somewhere, maybe in Storey's Guide to Chickens?, that chicks raised by a broody in the flock gain the same kind of immunity boost (as the med. starter) by walking in and being exposed to the droppings of the adult birds; who in theory should already have immunity.

That made alot of sense to me, so I have raised five batches of chicks on the flockraiser, along with the rest of the flock and everyone has done just fine.

We have a semi-local brand of flockraiser type feed here called Allway Kernels. Nationwide Purina has a version called, oddly enough, Flockraiser.
 

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