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what age for laying pellet feed??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by akyramoto, May 24, 2007.

  1. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some 'teenager' chicks that are fully feathered & growing, I was curious when I can allow them to eat 'big' chicken food ( as in laying pellet). They're still eating chick feed & they get a little scratch every once in awhile. I've estimated that they're it least 6 weeks old ( my pair of BB's is it least 8-9 weeks old).

    I'm just anxious to have ONE waterer & ONE feeder ( & ONE COOP!) !! haha. also anxious to get the teenagers socialized with the older girls.


    ok, maybe I got ahead of myself - do I just have to wait til they start laying? then i can start with the laying pellet?
     
  2. iopele

    iopele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, wait for them to start laying, DEFINITELY. The calcium in layer pellets can cause irreversible kidney damage and kill chicks before they're ready for it. I think 20 weeks? is what Storey's recommends for starting layer pellets. Two feeders and two enclosures is a pain, for sure, but it's better than sick or dead birds!
     
  3. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    You should start layer rations at 20 weeks, but they may not be laying eggs yet. Depends on what breed you have some start laying earilier than others.
     
  4. Cheeks

    Cheeks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah. i started mine on layer around 20 weeks.
     
  5. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya i actually have the main pen for the laying girls, the mini coop for the teenagers & I have moma yellow butt & baby truffle & ellie in the tractor. It's alot of work to keep them all watered & fed!! lol. but it's worth it!!
     
  6. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Yup, 20 weeks. Does anyone else feed grower pellets/crumbles until they are that old? I start w/ chick starter, then grower crumbles, then grower pellets and then layer pellets. I mix in cracked corn, too, (1/2 and 1/2) w/ the grower and the layer pellets. I know cracked corn supposedly makes them fat, but I also live in a very cold climate, and they free-range, so they can use the extra carbs. [​IMG]

    Edit: I guess it's grower mash, not crumbles. FYI
     
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  7. Cheeks

    Cheeks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i did the starter, then the grower, then the layer.

    and my girls get plenty of cracked corn.
    they absolutely love it- and i love the darker yolks. [​IMG]
     
  8. iopele

    iopele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old do they need to be to get cracked corn and scratch, just out of curiosity? Mine are 10 days old so I'm betting they're a little young...
     
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Good question, iopele, I don't know. [​IMG] @ I don't add corn until about 8 weeks, when I start the grower. Maybe you can give it to them earlier, but it is kinda hard, so I don't know.

    Edit: hey I did find this , though. http://www.geocities.com/KelliAnn293/feedingDetails.htm This says about 6-8 wks. Pretty interesting site, too. My daughter is at Grammies today, I really should be cleaning the house or something, but this is far more interesting. [​IMG]
     
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  10. iopele

    iopele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, in my book, playing around online--er, I mean, doing serious research on the 'net, yes, that's it--trumps cleaning house every time. [​IMG]
     

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