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. ferb

    ferb New Egg

    Jun 19, 2016
    at 8 weeks you should give it pullet developer and at 16 weeks give them layer feed
  3. SpinningJenny

    SpinningJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2016
    I have never heard of "pullet developer". Can you explain what is, and why they would need it?
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Neither have I. I wouldn't switch to layer until they actually start laying. The layer has extra calcium. If they are still growing when they start laying, and most pullets are, you can keep them on grower or all flock for a bit and just add a bowl of calcium they can eat free choice.
    I feed both layer and grower appropriately, but sometimes birds go in each others' coops and sample what is in the feeders there.. On such a basis it doesn't seem to hurt.
  5. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2015
    Desert Hills, AZ
    I didn't start giving mine layer until about 1/2 of them were were laying; the first birds started laying around 16 weeks. If I remember correctly for week 16-18 I continued to give the starter-grower and free choice oyster shell. At around 19 weeks I was getting about a dozen eggs with 25 chickens so I switched to layer but mixed it 50/50 with the starter-grower. After the starter-grower ran out at around 21 weeks I gave them straight layer feed. Didn't have any problems.
  6. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    it's best to give grower feed after 8 weeks until laying age.. if grower feed is not available in your area.. then it's fine to continue with the starter feed

    since the calcium in the layer feed can damage your chickens' kidneys...especially when they are not at laying age yet

    so use grower or starter feeds until laying age

    for my situation

    i thought a 30lb bag of starter feed would last 4 months.. but :/ . had to buy another one



    i picked up the layer feed from a local buyer's club a few days ago.. but my chickens are not ready for this feed yet..



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