Too young for layer feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WA23, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. WA23

    WA23 Songster

    Aug 17, 2008
    Northwest WA State
    I know this question has been asked before (probably a few times) and I think I know the answer, but can not seem to find post about it.
    I only have about one week of grower left to feed 20-22 week old pullets. I do have layer on hand. Would it be fine to switch over to layer at this age before they have laid any eggs?
    If I remember correctly, I have read here before that layer should NOT be started before they lay their first egg because of the high calcium and low protein content. I just do not want to buy another 50lb bag if not necessary. I only have six birds, so 50 lbs goes a long way.
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Mix the remainder of the grower with the layer. At that age, the birds will be fine.
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Yes, you'll be fine. I'd mix the two as keljonma suggested. If you have Oyster Shell, I'd offer it to them as free choice.
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    You could mix it. Should be fine. Make sure to offer some oyster shell as well.

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