starting layer feed

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  1. patty922

    patty922 Just Hatched

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    Hi
    I know this is not a new question ata all! but my chickens are coming up on 16 weeks old and I wanted to switch them from grower feed to layer. which is best crumble or pellet? and i have been feeding them organnically and was woondering what would be a good one to research since I am not planning on makiing my own just yet? thank you for all your help and sorry if you have answered this before. We live in WNY area
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    What breed are they? Switching to layer too early can slow down development, due to the lower protein content.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think there will be a lot of different opinions on that question. You might type the words "layer feed" or "best layer feed" into the BYC search box. I did so and a lot of old threads come up where it is discussed. Good luck on your search!
     
  4. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    First off welcome to BYC I'm glad you joined us. Secondly I personally prefer the pellets over the crumble because when they eat the crumble too fast it gets in their nose and makes them sneeze and crumbles make more of a mess. Hope that helps!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What breeds do you have? Some are slow to start laying. You don't want to feed layer till they are close to popping out eggs.
     
  7. patty922

    patty922 Just Hatched

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    I have Easter eggers
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Wait till they are laying to start layer feed. Easter Eggers can have a huge range in terms of when they start laying. It can be as early as 18 weeks, or as late as 28 weeks.
     
  9. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    This, you don't want to switch to layer until all your birds are laying...

    Layer feed has extra calcium in it for egg production, but if the bird is not laying they have no way to rid their body of that extra calcium, this can cause retarded growth, brittle bones, kidney damage and other health issues, plus layer feed is generally a lower protein that can also retard growth and development...

    Best to stick to a starter/grower or all flock feed until all the birds are laying eggs, and ideally you will offer a side of oyster shells or crushed limestone for the birds that need the extra protein or start laying before the rest... Chicken bodies are well aware of their calcium needs and only those that need the calcium will eat the oyster shells/limestone so essentially no risk of poisoning the birds with excess calcium if it's offered as a side and not force fed in their feed...
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
  10. patty922

    patty922 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much !! Any ideas on organic brands. They best ones? I will wait to switch to layer now but they are on a organic grower but can't get it anymore where I am so was wondering about organic layer for when I am ready
     

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