What to feed 20 wk olds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tdub4chiks, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Songster

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    I have 4 RIRs that will be 20 wks old Monday, Nov 1. I have approx. 10lbs of grower feed left. This should last another week or so. The combs & wattles are getting big on 3 of them and starting to get darker.

    My question, what should I purchase for feed. Grower or Layer? I'm hoping they start laying soon, but you never know for sure when that is going to happen.

    Any suggestions please?

  2. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Some of my girls are into their 5th or 6th month and laying. However the EE's haven't started laying yet so I have everyone on grower or flock raiser (depending on which store I go to) with free choice oyster shell. As soon as I start getting blue or green eggs I'll switch them over to layer but not until. My rule is to feed to the younger birds. If I still have grower left at that point I'll just mix it in with the layer until it is all gone. If you give them oyster shell your layers will be fine but if you feed layer feed to nonlaying pullets you may have health problems.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Flock Raiser. That way you don't have to worry about switching. Ever! Just offer crushed oyster shell free choice
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    You could just buy Layer and gradually mix it in with the grower.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If it was me I'd get another bag of grower and put out oyster shell.
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I'd go with a bag of Flock Raiser myself and mix it in gradually with the grower then a feeding of scratch grains in the late evening or you can hang another feeder if you like.

    If that's too much trouble then just move them over to layer feed. Mix it into the grower feed gradually until it's all gone.

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