What is the difference between grower and layer feeds, please?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by newbie donna, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. newbie donna

    newbie donna In the Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    SW Missouri
    From the things I've read, chickens are first fed starter, then grower, then layer feeds. Some places suggest feeding only layer feed, (when the age of the bird is appropriate) and not feeding grower feed at all. I'm confused. I've also looked around town for grower feed but all I can seem to find is layer feed.

    I have Columbian Wyandottes, Barred Rock and Easter Eggers.

    Can someone clear this up for me please?
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    The biggest difference is layer will have more calcium
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    The extra calcium in layer can cause chicks problems later in life if they're started on it too young. I feed my flock gamebird feed (plenty of protien for growing youngsters) and keep oyster shell out free choice so the laying hens can meet their calcium needs.
  4. spottedtail

    spottedtail Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Grower is a lower protein ration.
    It's used to prevent pullets from maturing too soon as compared
    to using Starter (high protein) only.

    I generally mix whole oats with Starter to get a protein level
    of about 17%. Starting at 10 to 12 weeks, ending at first egg.

    For a couple of flocks I went with Starter only to maturity
    and saw no ill-effects in either health or egg production.

    Starter is necessary. Layer is necessary.
    Grower not so much.
    It's perishable, not required, and not a big seller, so many Feedstores
    won't bother to carry it.

    Can't get it here either.


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