Starter vs layer feed @ 10 weeks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SpinningJenny, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. SpinningJenny

    SpinningJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2016
    I've got 5 ten week old pullets and I just ran out of the starter feed. Question is, should I hurry up and order more starter, or can they share this layer feed at 10 weeks since they forage, even if they aren't laying yet?

    My flock free ranges most of the day in the yard, get lots of fresh veg and good kitchen scraps, and has access to a nice deep compost bin teeming with red worms.

    Here's the nutrient break down for the Starter, vs the Layer.

    Starter feed:

    Layer feed:
  2. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2014
    Mississippi Gulf Coast
    I'm sure other folks will chime in. I'm going to say get more starter feed. I wouldn't feed my chicks layer feed because the calcium isn't good for them at this age.
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Another option is to feed everyone an All Flock diet and have extra calcium available for the layers to consume if they need it.

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