wxdude99

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11 Years
Sep 26, 2008
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I got my chicks a week ago, and I've been feeding them starter feed. How long before I switch to normal feed? Thanks.
 

PurpleChicken

Tolerated.....Mostly
12 Years
Apr 6, 2007
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Starter is good for a few weeks. If they are layers then feed them starter until 8 to 12
weeks and switch to layer.

If they are meat birds I usually switch after 2 weeks.
 

MamaDragon

Songster
11 Years
Aug 4, 2008
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Camden, AR
Please pardon my confusion -


I Thought that you fed the chick-starter until 8-9 weeks, then either grower or flock-raiser until they start laying. When they start laying, you can either switch them to layer feed, or leave them on flock-raiser and supplement with oyster shell.

Was I mis-informed?

edit for typos
 
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TheNewMrsEvans

Songster
11 Years
Sep 15, 2008
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Big Sur, CA
For Layers: McMurray told us to...Use a commercial chick starter for the first 8 weeks. Then offer both starter and layer mash for a few days, then take away the starter.
 

firem3

Songster
12 Years
Sep 15, 2007
105
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Odenville Alabama
i was told if you have hens use starter till they lay an egg then switch to layer feed, if they are on layer to early and aren't laying yet the extra calcium in the food can damage their liver.
 

PurpleChicken

Tolerated.....Mostly
12 Years
Apr 6, 2007
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Starter is fime up to the point where layers need the extra calcium for eggs.

Meatbirds need extra protein, something already in starter. Heck you can feed a meat
bird starter until you cull it.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
I think part of the confusion comes from the names given to the feed. Around here it's hard to find "chick starter". Chick starter/grower is readily available. Mine were on that until they reached 19 weeks and I got my first egg, then I switched them to layer.
 

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