Starter feed for chicks over 6 weeks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by K7S10, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. K7S10

    K7S10 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    My chicks are now 6 weeks old and I * should * switch them to a grower feed, but I've got a LOT of chick starter feed still. Can I just mix some of the starter feed with the layer feed and give that to them? Or add grains to their starter feed?

    Can they get over medicated by continuing to eat the starter feed? (I didn't really want their feed medicated, but there was no other kind of starter feed available)

    I'm hoping not to have to buy the grower feed when I've got so much starter feed still.
    Any thoughts?

  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I don't think it will hurt. If you had a broody mama hen she can eat the chick starter as well.
    I switched types of feed according to how the bags ran out. Just get some of the grower before you completely run out, and mix it in for a few days.

    Same thing with layer when they get to about 20 weeks, instead of buying 50 more pounds of grower you probably just want to get layer and mix it in.
  3. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2009
    Vernon Parish
    Quote:I agree, sounds good.

  4. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    They can stay on starter feed up to 12 weeks but don't give them layer feed until they start laying!
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Layena says may be fed to non-laying adults, either pullets or roosters, as long as they are ADULTS as defined on the bag as "over 18 weeks of age"
  6. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
    Feed it, don't waste it.
  7. K7S10

    K7S10 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    Thanks everyone. I'll keep feeding it and maybe add some of the grains that I have for my ducks too.

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