Silkies and Start & Grow

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SundownWaterfowl, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    How long should I keep my Silkies on start and grow. They are now 4 months old, (17 weeks), and I still have them on unmedicated start and grow. Since silkies lay later, should I keep them on start and grow longer.
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I kept my Silkie pullet on start-n-grow until she was laying, but that's just what I did. Don't know whether it was right or not, but she seems to be doing fine and dandy anyways! [​IMG]
     
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    What brand of feed are you using? I use Dumor and I follow the directions on the back of the bag. Mine are the same age as yours and I have been using Grower/Finisher for about... maybe a month at least? We're on our third bag of Grower/Finisher. But isn't the Dumor brand Starter/Grower too? I think so... I would switch feeds, but that's my opinion and i'm not the most experienced either. But since yours is medicated I guess that's a different story...
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    mine is unmedicated. Im feeding Purina Start and Grow. Its a starter and grower all in one.
     
  5. Year of the Rooster

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    Oh ok. Forget what I said about the medicated part [​IMG] So I guess it wouldn't really matter since it's also grower too.
     
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  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:I use the Purina also. Does it recommend what age to feed the start-n-grow to on the back of the bag? If you're concerned, then I would go with that.
     
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  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I think so, but silkies lay later, so I dont want to switch them to layer before they need it. Maybe flock raiser?
     
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bag says to feed them start/grow till they start to lay, if you have a mixed flock I would switch them all at the same time, when the earliest layers start to lay.
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:No, its just all silkies. I guess I will do that then, just keep them on that until I get an egg. Thanks.
     
  10. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    I keep all my chicks on Starter Grower till they lay. LF and bantam silkies. It has worked for me well. I really like to keep the large fowl on it cause they are usally still growing past 20 weeks.
     

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