So 19weeks no eggs yet, can i switch food?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by thehbcrew, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. thehbcrew

    thehbcrew In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2011
    Long Island
    So my chicks are still on started feed, well the last of the bag. They will be 19 weeks in 2 days. Can i switch to the laying feed now even though they are not laying yet? I don't want to buy another 50lb bag of something that may not really be needed anymore
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    #1, you should post this under the Feeding will get more answers...

    #2, I would go ahead and start with layer feed, just mix what starter you have left.
    I have a mixed flock, 22 week old laying hens and roos, plus 3 12 week olds, I am still on layer feed till the
    little ones reach POL, I offer oyster shell on the side and the hens who need it, eat it, my egg shells are nice
    and hard. When the 12 week olds reach POL I will switch over to layer feed.

    Just the way I do it, other people have different ways, but I would if I were you, they are far enough along...

    EGGS! Yeah, any time now, at least a week I would say!
  3. thehbcrew

    thehbcrew In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2011
    Long Island
    thanks, will pick some up, today if the feed store is open today.
  4. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chirping

    I agree, you may as well move them on to layers mash now. Depending on the breed, they will start laying from 20 weeks - 26 weeks old, but they're certainly mature enough for the layers mash.
  5. carmen chicks

    carmen chicks In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2011
    i agree, start puting on layers mash, they dont lay to 21-16 weeks anyway
  6. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    start puting on layers mash

    You might want to consider Layer pellets, as there seems to be less wastage with pellets over mash.​
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    At that age, they should be OK. The risk feeding Layer to growing chicks is that they can develop bone damage or internal organ damage from the extra calcium. Yours have pretty well quit growing so they should be fine on Layer, whether mash, crumbles, or pellets.

    Another option is to feed Grower or Flock Raiser and offer oyster shell on the side. That way, the ones that need the extra calcium will get it and the ones that don't need it won't eat enough oyster shell to harm themselves. This is the way I normally do it when I have mixed aged chickens in my flock.

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