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What feed for mixed age flock?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by greenmulberry, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some year and a half old laying hens and I just recently got some 10 week old pullets who are just dying to mix in with the flock. They are separated now but I was planning on introducing them soon. I keep reading that feeding layer feed to chickens too young to lay will cause them health problems.

    What should I feed them when they are together then? What do people who let their hens hatch out chicks and raise them in the flock feed?
     
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Laura, I have several different age groups that free range together and have feed available at all times. I put out chick starter, layer pellets and game bird feed and they all eat each other's feed. Without separating all the poultry that is the best I can do and they are all thriving. Even the 13 day old chicks eat whatever and they have plenty of chick starter available.
     
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Purina has a product called Flock Raiser. It comes medicated and non-medicated and can be fed to all ages and types of poultry.

    If you have to make a choice, it is OK to feed chick starter to layers. Just make sure there is oyster shell available for them.

    If you have several choices of feed available, the birds will pick what they like, not necessarily what is best for them.
     
  4. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do the ame thing as Ozark Hen, I put out grower and layer and I to have never had a problem. They all eat what they need I guess.
     
  5. ozark hen

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    Yes, be sure to have oyster shell available, although mine all free range so they have everything readily available.
     
  6. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to the feed store and they had something called "All purpose" crumbles, 16% protien. The bag said it was designed to be fed to layers and as a grower and developer, and can be fed from 6 weeks through laying.

    So that sounded like just what I needed. My chickens have free choice oyster shell too.

    Oh, and I picked up some black oill sunflower seeds too as a treat!!!
     
  7. moonlitfarms

    moonlitfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New to this I have a question about the medicated vs. non. What is the theory on this?
     
  8. ozark hen

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    Welcome, you are suppose to feed baby chicks medicated chick starter until a certain age and then start mixing in layer feed until they start laying eggs and switch to all layer feed. Type medicated feed into the search area and it should give you lots of advice. [​IMG] It really helps your chicks during growth. But there are so many opinions you have to weigh them and decide what it is you want for them. Nothing is written in stone no matter what anyone says. [​IMG]
     
  9. moonlitfarms

    moonlitfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!
     
  10. ozark hen

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