What is the difference between layer feed and starter feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tommys0112, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. tommys0112

    tommys0112 New Egg

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    At what point in their growth, after hatching, should a chick be introduced to layer feed. Are there negative results feeding a hatchling layer feed too early?

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  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    all the books say 18 weeks for the switch, i've always been told it because of the calcium in the layer feed, but I've also been told 8 to 10 week old chicks can have layer but i've not tried it. I stick to chick, then grower , then layer, for me its the protein, 23%, 18 to20%, then 16%
     
  3. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks should only be fed starter/grower feed for 17 to 18 weeks of age the switched over to complete egg layer feed. The chicks need the higher protein while growing.
     
  4. tommys0112

    tommys0112 New Egg

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    Thank you for the responses.

    Is there a vitamin difference as well?
     
  5. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    yes but its not a big difference, its more the protein, and the calcium.
     
  6. Butterbean

    Butterbean New Egg

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    Thanks, I came here to ask the same question this morning! [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You can feed starter till you see the first egg, actually. Best to feed starter a longer period than layer feed too early, IMO.
     

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