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what to feed?????????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Newchickenmom&kids, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are brand new to this and would appreciate any advice...
    We have 25 chicks. 10 are approx. 6 wks old. The other 15 are a week or two younger. They have almost ate a 50lb bag of starter/ grower feed. I was wondering if I should get another 50lb bag or could we now just begin the layer feed? I also have some scratch for treats.
     
  2. chickens^^

    chickens^^ Out Of The Brooder

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    what brand do you use? Dumor?
     
  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The layer food is Nutrena Naturewise Layer Complete.....the starter/grower is a Rural King brand.
     
  4. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i believe the general practice is to continue feeding starter until the hens begin to lay, then switch to layer feed, but i'm not positive...

    are you keeping the birds for laying, or are they meat birds? meat birds may require a different feed at an earlier age.
     
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  5. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed starter for 1 month then I switch to layer. Some say Layer hurts their liver when their young but I've never had any problems.
     
  6. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm only keeping them for laying.
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Keep them on starter/grower until about 20 weeks, then switch to layer feed. There is too much calcium in the layer food for chicks.
     
  8. MoonGoddess

    MoonGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you should feed them the starter food until they lay the first egg and then switch to layer food.
     
  9. chickens^^

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    When they are 18 weeks of agae start feeding them layer!! it is on the back of the bag of dumor chicken feed. When they are 18-20 weeks of age they will start to lay eggs. You need to start the layer feed when thay are 18 week to get them started for all those eggs!
     
  10. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK! Thanks for all your help!
     

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