Starter crumbles vs. pellets question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Gardengirl 2011, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Gardengirl 2011

    Gardengirl 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are about 4 months old now and I'm having a blast with them! It sounds like many here keep them on starter until they lay which is what I'm planning on doing. Or should I switch to grower now? I know they're not ready for layer yet. I only have about a weeks worth of the crumbles left and want to get them on pellets instead. I just think there'll be less waste that way. Should I keep them on medicated? They've been outside for about a month now. Should I mix the pellets with the remainder of crumbles to get them used to eating something differnt in size from the feeder? Sorry if this is a silly question. [​IMG]
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    That's not a silly question at all. And your idea to mix the crumble with the pellets is a good idea.
     
  3. Gardengirl 2011

    Gardengirl 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Opa. So should I keep them on medicated?
    BTW, your avatar....that looks like a shot from The Quick and The Dead of Sam Elliot, am I right?
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Since you say your pullets are 4 months or 17 weeks old, you are getting very close to point of lay, depending on breed. Frankly, I'd just buy the layer pellets from now on, but do use up what you've been feeding them. There's no harm.
     
  5. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know that Purina has layer feed that comes in crumbles as well as pellet. When i crossed over from starter to layer I mixed the two till the starter was gone. Then mixed both layer pellet and layer crumble togther and still do today. Some of the girls like pellet and some crumble. My rooster likes the pellet.
     
  6. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure, but I don't think they make medicated pellets for big birds. You don't have to switch to pellets, they make crumbles for layer hens also, mine don't like the pellets, I've tried, so I went back to the "age appropriate" crumbles.
     
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    To my knowlege they don't make medicated feed in anything but chick starter. At 16 weeks you might as well just switch to layer.

    I keep switching the picture that I use for my avatar. This one happens to be from the movie Conagher.
     
  8. Gardengirl 2011

    Gardengirl 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! I thought it was bad to give layer until they were egg ready? Ok, I'll keep it simple and just get layer. Thanks.[​IMG]

    Opa, the next Sam picture you use, could you make it bigger please?[​IMG] Oh..........and could you also add him talking? I don't even care WHAT he says.[​IMG]
     
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  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Quote:So you are saying that when they use to run the commercial where he said "Beef it's whats for supper" you had a sudden urge to kill a cow? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. Gardengirl 2011

    Gardengirl 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] No, I tell everyone to shut the heck up. Because after all.............he's speaking! I was really upset when they changed the Dodge Ram commercial and he no longer said "Conqueror of Chaos". [​IMG]
     

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