Switching Flock to Layena...A Few Questions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cheeps, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. cheeps

    cheeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Rockwell, NC
    Hi...my small flock has reached 5 months old, and I understand it's time to switch them to layer food. I have a few questions! Pardon my ignorance!

    First, is the laying food OK for my two roo's to eat?

    What do I need to supplement their diet with? Besides grit, oyster shell.

    Last, I know with dogs you have to slowly change their food. Is this necessary with chickens too?

    Thanks so much!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Your roos can eat the layer feed too. Supplement with grit and oyster shell.
    Check out Buff Hooligan's treat chart at the very top of this category for ideas on what kitchen scraps/treats you can offer.
    It's a good idea to make the feed change gradually, mixing the old feed in with the layer feed, if possible.
  3. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I recommend changing feed slowly. We did 25-75, then 50-50, and so on. FWIW we did not change to layer feed until the first egg was laid. We had 1 Roo who ate the layer feed with no problems.

    My humble 2 cents.

  4. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dump the new feed in the feeder on top of the old feed and forget about it.

  5. cheeps

    cheeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    Rockwell, NC
    Thanks for everyone's information!

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