Starter or layer crumble?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Patoot, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    I'm getting 14 weekers later this week. Should I give them starter or layer? I know there is "grower" crumble for in btwn ages, but the feed stores I called only have starter or layer. What should I feed them? Are there certain brands you like best? Are there non-organic feeds that don't have chemicals and stuff? I know sometimes people food is essentially organic, but not certified so I didn't know if there was something similar in chicken feed. Thanks.

    If I have dirt in the backyard, do I need to get them grit?

    I don't have to give them oyster shells until they start laying, right?

    Should I avoid scratch for now or give it to them and just give them a little?

    Total newbie here so I'm learning a lot, but still unsure about things. Thanks so much.

  2. Silkie-Feet

    Silkie-Feet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Ky, Kentucky
    with my expirence starter and layer are the same food,
    ( starter is more finely choped up to make it easyer for the chicks to eat).
    but i always got layer ( even for chicks)[​IMG]
  3. cletus the rooster

    cletus the rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    give starter/grower until 18 weeks then switch to layer.if they are on dirt they will get their own grit.dont need oyster shell with layer
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010

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