starter grower or laying crumble

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jadude, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. jadude

    jadude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you feed laying crumble to 5 week old chickens
    I am getting an order of day olds in about 2 weeks [​IMG] and when they get to be 5 weeks i will have to put them in the coop. i have no way of isolating them so they will eat the feed of my laying hens. so if i feed them laying crumble will they grow as well and potentially give as much eggs?
    thank you
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, birds that young should not be given layer feed. Too much calcium for their developing bodies.

    Change to flock raiser and make sure you provide oyster shell for the layers.
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Chickens do not need the extra calcium in layer until they start laying, it can cause deposits in the liver that will have harmful effects and can kill them.
     
  4. jadude

    jadude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what should i do they will have to be together
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Feed them Flock Raiser feed. Offer free choice Oyster shell in a separate container for the older hens to use to help with the eggs.
     
  6. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
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    We use Purina SunFresh Flock Raiser. It is 20% protein. Purina says to feed it until the birds are 18 to 20 weeks then change to layer feed. However, when we have mixed ages (chicks, pullets, adults) we feed the Flock Raiser to everyone. We put oyster shell in a separate dish. The older birds eat it if they need it. The youngsters and rooster haven't touch it.
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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  8. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

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    You could also put the layer up higher so the littler ones can't reach it. Same with the oyster shell, it isn't good for the chicks to eat it. They normally don't want to eat it but it is hard on them if they do. Just a thought.
     
  9. Buckhunter

    Buckhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats the dif between starter and flock raiser ????
     
  10. jadude

    jadude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cna you feed them the laying crumbleand can you feed layers starter grower
     
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