Starter/Grower feed vs. Layer feed


8 Years
Aug 7, 2011
Piedmont of NC
My girls are 13 weeks old. Still feeding starter
feed, do ya think I'm OK? Plus, what about the
rooster? No one talks about the proper food for him.
Any suggestions?


8 Years
Aug 7, 2011
Piedmont of NC
Quote:Your good till they get about 18 or 19 weeks old!! My roo's do just fine on whatever the girls are eating!!

Is it ok to mix the feed at 18 - 20 weeks?


8 Years
Jul 30, 2011
Bonney Lake
My 3 girls are going to be 19 weeks this week and I am going to buy a bag of layer crumble and mix the last 1/4 part of my grower bag on the top to move them over. From what I have read and seen here there is no hard and fast age to stop and start. It all seems to be kind of gray mixed with personal preference, although there are obvious thoughts about age and protein mixture, like puppy food for puppies, adult food ... and so on.


10 Years
Aug 12, 2009
I switched my 5 ee hens over to layer when they were about 16-17 weeks old,because I wanted to add them into the shed with my RSL hens. My roo eats the layer feed,but I do give him extra BOSS.

You can mix.I bet I did that then moved them in at night, and the next morning it was layer pellets for all.


8 Years
Jul 22, 2011
Northeast NC
I switched mine to Grower/Finisher at about 15 weeks. They finished up the bag at about 20 weeks. Now I'm considering Flock feed since I will have a variety of ages once my eggs hatch
. For my roo, I gave him a small amount of cat food every so often to boost his protein in take. None of my birds like BOSS so that doesn't work. Anyone else use Flock Feed?


9 Years
Sep 27, 2010
I have a mixed flock of roos, hens and pullets. I feed starter/grower still with oyster shell on the side.
My roos and laying hens are 22 weeks old, the pullets, 12 weeks old.

My eggs are very hard shelled, the hens are eating the oyster shell when they need it. I will switch them all over to layer
feed when my 3 EE;s start to lay. I have heard Flockraiser is better when dealing with roos, with oyster shell on the side
for the layers.

I figure my roos will be ok with layer feed...I will mix it with whatever starter/grower I have left to transition them over.

Hope that helps, it's just my way of doing it, others do it differently.


In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 6, 2011
Fuquay-Varina, NC
As one person said here, and I think put it perfectly....layer feed is for when they start to lay. So, depending on when you get your first egg, switch then. I have 5 BSL that are now 23 weeks and 3 Americaunas that are just 20 weeks. Approx 3 weeks ago, one of my BSL's started to lay, so I bought layer feed then. I have been alternating in the bin a layer of grower/finisher then layer of layer feed, then grower then layer, etc. until I use the rest of my grower feed. Then everyone will get only layer. Plus, I didn't want to waste the grower food since I had over half of a 50 lb bag. I also do have some grit and some oyster shell that they can get when they want. I will put some in a seperate bowl a couple times a week or throw some grit on the run floor because they like to scratch at it and peck at it.

So, basically, when they start to lay, then get the layer feed. Don't worry about their age too much. They will lay when they are mature and ready.

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