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Wanting to use proper feed.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Beth21, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. Beth21

    Beth21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just put my 9 week old chicks in with my adult chickens. Is their a feed that both can eat and both have the benefits they need?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes. You can feed almost anything BUT Layer. The younger birds cannot handle the high calcium and it is hard on their renal systems.

    Feed, Grower, Raiser, even Starter non-med. Just provide your laying hens some calcium source, like crushed shells, on the side. Normally, the younger birds don't mess with it as their bodies aren't craving it.
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's easiest to feed a grower or all flock feed and just provide oyster or egg shells on the side for the layers.
     
  4. Beth21

    Beth21 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a bin that has layer that we just bought. Can we finish that off first, then start with the other feed? And do we need to go ahead and switch?
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You need to switch.

    A couple of days is no issue, but for a month? No, no, that's not good.
     
  6. Beth21

    Beth21 Out Of The Brooder

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    So is an all stock feed ok. I doesn't say it's for chickens. What the best one type of feed you recomend
     
  7. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    It would be best to keep 9 week old chicks away from calcium content of older birds. Most adult rations are around 2.5% calcium. During the growing period the high risk of nephrosis, visceral gout, calcium urate deposits in the ureters, can cause high mortality. Too high of a content of calcium can also tie up phosphorous levels and cause rickets. At around 4 months of age, or about 2 weeks before laying, that calcium content won't be a threat to their health and development.
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Actually, it's an All Flock feed. Not All Stock. There are so many choices. See what your local feed store sells. Just remember, Grower is also fine. Non medicated Starter is also fine. Don't forget to pick up some calcium source for your laying hens. Perhaps you already feed back their own shells crushed. Many folks do this as well.
     
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Your young ones still have a lot of growing to do so I try to keep mine on Turkey Grower as it has a 20% Protein for a healthy body
     
  10. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All stock is the cheap heavy molasses , high filler livestock (horse, cattle, goat) feed. Not good for them much less chickens.
     

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