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What to feed 16wk old pullets not laying yet???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MonicainAZ, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have a conundrum. I have only 3 chickens, so they don't eat a lot, and of course feed comes in 40-50 lb bags. They are black australorps, and so far they aren't showing any signs of laying any time soon and have small combs. What type of food should I buy to feed them for the next 2-3 months?? Should I buy layer feed, or just buy grower feed and give them extra calcium when they get close to laying?
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    The latter - I opt to use that feed program at all times anyway. I like the higher protein content of grower ration as compared to most layer rations and I appreciate never having to worry about who does/doesn't have use for the higher calcium content of a layer feed since only those birds who "need" the calcium take it in when offered separately.
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  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    X 2
  4. MonicainAZ

    MonicainAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Thanks a lot!
  5. Macis Papa

    Macis Papa Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2015
    Central Iowa
    I switch mine to all flock around 16 to 18 weeks.

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