Should I switch to layer feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Dirty Farmer, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Dirty Farmer

    Dirty Farmer Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    I have four pullets. A fat GLW and a Red Star that are 21 weeks old and two Buff Orpingtons that are about 19 weeks old. They have been an a diet of grower feed and the occasional cracked corn as treats. I have about a weeks worth of the grower feed left for them.

    My question is... the next bag of feed that I buy, should I just purchase the layer feed, and switch them over now? Or stay with the grower feed, untill they decide to start popping out breakfast? Then switch them at that time.
  2. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Yes, they are old enough to start on the layer feed. the extra calcium in the layer feed will not hurt them at their age. You should be seeing eggs any time now.
  3. cubalaya

    cubalaya Crowing

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    we switch ours to layer pellets at 16 weeks, eggs or not
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Yupper, it's time. I like you wait until the last bag of starter or grower is done then switch. This year the pullets were 20 weeks when it ran out and the hens eating grower still had hard shells and eggs every day.
  5. mewantseggs

    mewantseggs In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    What about the roos? Can they eat layer too or will I have to separate them?
  6. Dirty Farmer

    Dirty Farmer Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    Quote:Good question about the roo. Did not think about him.
  7. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    Our roos are eating layer food along with the hens and are doing fine. They're not getting in touch with their feminine side or anything. Wish they would, there'd be less crowing!
  8. openheartnp

    openheartnp Chirping

    Jul 25, 2011
    Green Twp, NJ
    Quote:No eggs from our roos either LOLOL!!! Yes, I wish there was a "4am-crow-be-gone" food. just for the nighttime crows, of course.

    Our roos have been eating anything the hens/pullets eat, they are fine.
  9. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    The thing with feed is mostly about the protein amount and the layer has extra calcium in it for egg shell production. Too much calcium can be harmful for younger chix but not a problem when they get older either roo or hen. So the roo's have to eat what the hen's eat and you can switch if you want or keep feeding what you have been feeding already.
  10. mewantseggs

    mewantseggs In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Thanks for the help. I bought them layer food today.

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