What do I feed a flock of mixed ages?

christineum

Hatching
6 Years
Sep 11, 2013
6
0
7
North Texas
I have about 40 or so chickens. The oldest are about 22 weeks and are just starting to lay. The youngest are 4 weeks and I have just about every age in between. I am currently feeding unmedicated chick starter and a bowl full of scratch grains thrown out once a day. When do I switch to layer feed if I have a flock of mixed ages?
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Keep on doing just what you've been doing. Starter and a little scratch is about perfect. Once everyone is of laying age, you could make a change to Layer, if you wish. Starter, Grower, Raiser are all good for an All Flock type feed.

Since you already have some birds at point of lay it is time to provide a calcium supplement, like crushed shells, on the side. Normally only the laying hens have much to do with it.
 
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aoxa

Crowing
8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
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Shediac Cape NB, Canada
My Coop
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I'm very happy to hear someone is doing right by their birds and feeding the proper way :) I hear so many stories of people feeding layer even though they still have young chicks eating the food.

Unmedicated starter is what I feed my entire flock year round. I also feed scratch. I mix them together and soak. Oyster shell can be offered on the side for your birds that need it.
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
As Aoxa said, not all Growers are created equal. We actually prefer an All Poultry Grower for chickens/turkeys/game birds which is 19.5% protein, with animal protein content. Good product, locally milled and sacked. Can't beat the price either, $21 a 100#.

I'm a feed tag reader. Not everyone is.
 
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aoxa

Crowing
8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
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Shediac Cape NB, Canada
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As Aoxa said, not all Growers are created equal. We actually prefer an All Poultry Grower for chickens/turkeys/game birds which is 19.5% protein, with animal protein content. Good product, locally milled and sacked. Can't beat the price either, $21 a 100#.

I'm a feed tag reader. Not everyone is.

I hate when you talk about your prices. So jealous.

I'd buy that in an instant too Fred. Really wish they had something of that quality and price here. I have looked into making my own feed, but we don't have what it takes in ingredients either. My local store doesn't even carry fish meal.
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Retail store prices are very high here and will likely go higher. The basic grains of feeds has skyrocketed over the past 4 years. Does the blame belong to competition for grains from ethanol? Who knows. Retail feeds also get trucked everywhere and with fuel over $4 a gallon, the feed price reflects it.

The only way to save a bit on feed is a local mill, using lots of locally produced grains to cut down the trucking and handling, of course. Feed grains are heavy and there isn't that much margin on the products. I don't think anyone is getting rich off them. And while it is nice that some BYC folks use organic products and so forth, the double the cost prevents me from doing so. Just cannot.
 
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PineTopFarm

In the Brooder
7 Years
Dec 13, 2012
71
10
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Hollister, Mo
My protein content is 17%. My local feed store has a game bird feed but not an "all poultry" option. Would the game feed be better than chick grower?
 

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