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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by littledon, Dec 1, 2012.
At what age can chicks start eating laying pellets? They are rhode island red chicks.
We feed starter until they lay an egg.
Not until they are ready to lay. They don't need the additional calcium in layer feed when they are growing. Feed them starter or grower until then, usually around 18 or 20 weeks of age. Or when you see somebody lay an egg!
We switched ours at 16 & 18wks since our chicks were 2wks apart. They were having trouble getting the crumbles as they got bigger, so it was time to switch.
Also if you use medicated feed, you don't want to wait for an egg, you will want to switch prior to egg laying...some say it is OK to eat the egg w/medicated feed, but I just wouldnt chance it(no reason)