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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by playswithfowl, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

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    What happens if younger chickens eat laying crumble on regular basis? Does it just mean that they take longer to mature or what?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It means they won't get the proper nutrients for their growing bodies and the added calcium in layer feed can damage their internal organs.
     
  3. chickensforever

    chickensforever Out Of The Brooder

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    A little layer crumble won't kill them or anything, but they will get a bunch of nutrition deficiencies including phosphorous, lysine, copper, iodine, niacin, B12, etc so make sure they get grower feed!
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Young birds are not making eggshells every day. Laying hens need lots of calcium to do that.

    I was just comparing a laying formula to some grower formulas. That laying feed has over 5 times the amount of calcium carbonate compared to the others.

    Chicks have growing, immature bodies. Their kidneys are immature but all the extra calcium in their blood must be filtered out and voided. It's almost like expecting them to run eggshells thru their urinary track.

    Steve
     
  5. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad I read this, I ran out of grower yesterday and have substituted layer, I wasn't going to worry about till end of week, guess I'll go to town tmorrow! Thanks guys for good info!
     
  6. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

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    ive had to do the same thing before...just one day shouldnt hurt them, IMO....but listen to the experts!
     

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