This is confusing....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Blue_Myst, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    All right. So, I've heard that chicks get starter, switching over to grower if needed, until the first egg. Okay, does this mean that if one hen from my group of young chickens lays an egg, I switch them all over immediately to the layer feed? Or just that individual hen? Just want to make sure I understand this correctly [​IMG]
  2. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I gave my chicks chick feed until about 5-6 months, then switched them to layer. With my new chicks, I'll do the same.
  4. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    Quote:Pretty much. Not like it's an emergency feed change. Just figure feeding them layer, as they need the extra calcium, about the time they start laying. You can also put out some oyster shell for them, while you are waiting to use up the rest of your started/grower. They'll eat oyster shell, if they need it.
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    When I got my first egg last year, I switched all three of my pullets to layer feed. Seemed to work for me...they were all 18-20 weeks old then...seemed to work out. I don't know how it works if you have pullets a few months apart in the same flock.

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