What to feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mattv1984, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. mattv1984

    mattv1984 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]I've been feed my leghorns dumor chick starter/grower. When should I switch to the regular feed? Thanks.
     
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  2. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anywhere between 16-20 weeks. Also that is when you are able to start the oyster shells/ egg shells for calcium & regular grit.
     
  3. mattv1984

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    Thanks
     
  4. mamatink7

    mamatink7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome. I hope they continue to do good:D I have the same feeder waterer from the dumor brooder kit. Do they dump it over? It seems so flimsy, I'll only use while in brooder but put in coop run area as extras if they don't knock it over.
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    If you are going to progress to layer ration you should wait until they are at least 18 weeks of age or the majority of the group is actively laying - until then the grower ration with oyster shell is more than sufficient to support production for any birds who do start laying. You don't *have* to switch to layer at any point - many prefer the increased protein content of grower over the lower protein of layer ration and feed only grower to all their birds at all times - this is also helpful for any mixed flocks where due to age, gender, broodiness, etc some birds may not be able to process the excess calcium in layer rations.
     

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