Type of feed for 11 week olds?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DebB11, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Back when I fed a starter/grower type feed, I just kept them on it right up until I got the first egg; then switched everybody over to the layer feed. [​IMG]
  3. DebB11

    DebB11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    so even though it says up to 10 weeks it's still ok?
  4. Karen09

    Karen09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2009
    Wyoming, New York
    It is fine. The starter/grower is 20% protein and other vitamins for the younger chicks. The 15% is for the 10 - 18 week old chicks where they are not growing as fast. I do what the bags say and switch when they are about 10 weeks (whenever they finish the bag so as not to waste it). If you keep them on the higher protein, you may just have bigger chicks. Then I switch to the layer about 16 weeks because I have a few pullets that mature early. If you are raising just roosters, they don't need the layer feed. It is only the hens that need the nutrients in the layer feed.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Chicks can eat anything except layer.

    Flock raiser, grower, starter, finisher. It's your choice.
  6. barefootfarmers

    barefootfarmers Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2011
    Some brand have starter grower which continues until the are laying and others need an intermediate just like grower. I would check at TSC and see if your brand has the next step up.

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