Switching from grower food to layer early?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lesliegt, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. lesliegt

    lesliegt New Egg

    Oct 2, 2011
    Hi! I am wondering, my chicks are just a couple of weeks away from laying, and I have a couple older hens already laying. We are down to the last bit of grower food for the chicks. Rather than going out and buying another big bag of grower, can I switch them to the layer pellets now? As stated, they should be laying within a couple of weeks...
  2. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    It's probably ok. The reason we wait is that the layer feed is high in calcium and too much calcium can cause bone deformity in chicks. If your chicks are ready to lay, I'd guess their bones are mature enough.
  3. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    I had the same issue and switched to layer feed a couple of weeks early. The girls did great.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes you can switch.

    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  5. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2010
    Yep. They start storing up calcium shortly before coming into lay, so a couple of weeks shouldn't hurt. Earlier than that I wouldn't. [​IMG]
  6. KimM

    KimM Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2011
    We always switch ours when the first of the batch lays, so the others are getting layer sometimes weeks before their own laying kicks in. I'd say you're good to go! We were down to our last bag of grower and debating whether or not to switch to layer. We decided not to, bought the grower, and wouldn't you know we got the first egg that day! I'd definitely switch early next time.
  7. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    My girls will be 16 weeks on Wednesday and I just used up the last of the grower feed this morning so the next time I fill their feeder it will be with layer crumbles. They haven't started laying yet, but they are starting to get redder in the face and comb and the bag said to switch over at 16 weeks so that's what I'm gonna do. [​IMG]
  8. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Mine are on the end of the bag of grower and are 18 weeks tomorrow. They will be going on layer also! And Im putting them on Pellets! Im so tired of wasted food!
  9. farmerinKC

    farmerinKC Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I'm happy to see this thread. I have nine chickens and all but two are laying. I had already bought a bag of layer so I would be ready-and I didn't want to buy another bag of starter/grower for these two procrastinating ladies. [​IMG] My girls are a mixture of 25 and 24 weeks.
  10. Over Easy PA

    Over Easy PA Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2011
    I was going to ask exactly this same question! My chickens are 17 and 18 weeks old this week, and their combs are looking pretty red, but no eggs yet. I'm about to finish a bag of starter feed. So I guess I'll start giving them the layer crumbles when this current bag runs out in a couple of days.

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