Should I seperate feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tspringer, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. tspringer

    tspringer New Egg

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    Do I need to seperate my pullets feed from the younger chicks? I was told it would tear up there systems if they had layer feed too young. Is that true? They are about 2 months apart. I was told not to give layer feed until 6 months is that true?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Correct. Layer feed has extra calcium added and the younger ones really shouldn't have it too soon before they start laying.
     
  3. tspringer

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    So then they need to be seperated until the younger ones turn 6 months old?
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Different folks handle it different ways. You might want to use what is called a creep feeder. Basically a sturdy box that you put food for the younger ones in, with an opening big enough for them to get in and eat, but too small for the big girls to get in.
    Another option is a feed called flock raiser. Purina makes it, but I'm pretty sure other companies make a version of it too. You can feed it to all of them and offer oyster shell for the big girls. Those that need the extra calcium will take it.
     

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