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Switching to layer feed problem

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mdoerge, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. mdoerge

    mdoerge Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2008
    NE Ohio
    I have 17 week old Golden Buffs and got my first egg Saturday. I also have 11 week old Black Australorps. They all share the same coop and run. I know that the Golden Buffs should be switched to layer food and I should put out calcium free choice. However, what about my 11 week olds? I can't separate them due to housing limitations. I can put out two different feeders, but have no control over who eats what. Any suggestions?
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Purina Flock Raiser. High enough protein you can raise chicks on it. I feed it too my entire flock. Guineas, Layers, chicks, rooster, and quail
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I agree with 'CoyoteMagic' Get some Flock Raiser. When the younger ones start laying then switch to layer if you want.
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    What percentage protein is the Purina Flock Raiser? I've never seen it anywhere in KY. I'm sure there are other places where it may be hard to find.
  5. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2008
    I address this problem in an article I wrote for my blog which you can read HERE . Good luck!
  6. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I use Purina Flock Raiser for everybody and leave out a dish of oyster shell.
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Sounds like you have your answer, Flock raiser is the way to go, your problem/dilema is the reason the rocket scientist at Purina came up with this great/practicle idea. We use it we are always introducing new birds of different ages, works great.
  8. mdoerge

    mdoerge Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2008
    NE Ohio
    Would any brand that is 20% protein work or is there something different in the Purina brand? My local feed store carries a 20% layer feed, but it is a local brand.

    Never mind-- just answered my own question by looking up the nutrition/contents online for both. Thanks everyone - I'm off to buy the Purina!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008

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