Switching to layer at 16 weeks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Branch Chickens, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Branch Chickens

    Branch Chickens Chirping

    Jan 17, 2014
    China, Maine
    Just found some mold in our feed bag, so we're tossing it and heading out to buy new feed.
    The old bag we said to change from the starter/grower to layer at 16 weeks, but I know our dual purpose ladies won't start laying for several more weeks. They are 17 weeks as of yesterday. Should we go ahead and switch to the layer feed?
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    It is fine to switch from starter/grower to layer now. Usually, anytime after 16 weeks is okay to start feeding layers feed that contains extra calcium--you just don't want to overload their immature systems with calcium before then.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2014
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  3. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Songster

    Aug 8, 2013
    It's all up to you. Here's 2 options.

    1.) You can keep them on grower until you get your first egg. Once you get the first egg then you can switch your whole flock to layer. That way the chickens aren't eating excess calcium before their bodies start laying.
    2.) You feed them the layer feed now and then when they lay their bodies will already have a lot of calcium to help their eggs be firm.

    It's all a preference. We started our birds with layer feed at 18 weeks and they are still healthy to this day.
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    I think that its fine to start the layer feed now. They should be starting laying in a couple of weeks, and the layer feed will help them prepare for that. I've switched my birds to layerr feed in the past around this time, and my birds have been fine.
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