- Mar 4, 2012
My chickens are now approximately 3 1/2 mo old. When and what do I switch them to for food? I have been told at 16 weeks to change them to a non medicated layer food.
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Yes, only the most prolific, commercial types lay at 16 weeks. 24 weeks is quite normal and some take as long as 30 weeks. When one sees the first egg is plenty enough a signal. What's the rush? If they're not laying, then they don't need layer feed. Simple. There's no magic in layer feed. It's merely regular feed laced with calcium to makes eggshells with. Most folks simply rush with some strange idea that the pullets somehow need it or it will somehow allow the eggs to come. Early egg laying isn't all it is cracked up to be. Pun intended. We'd all be better served with slowly maturing, longer living birds.Excuse my ignorance, but what does POL refer to? Point of laying?? New to so much!
Switching to layer food has me a bit confused also, as I've heard to do so around four months; I've also heard to switch once the first egg is laid. And do different breeds lay their first eggs sooner or later than others to know when to offer the layer food?
yes POL does refer to point of lay.
Does anyone know how long it is possible to continue to give a chick/pullet medicated chick food?
Also whats the difference between grower and starter? Which one can you feed for longer?