What type of feed should I use.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mayberry Chicken Shack, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Mayberry Chicken Shack

    Mayberry Chicken Shack Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 RIRs pullets about 10-12 weeks old, I need to know what type of food should they get at this age.
     
  2. Sylverfly

    Sylverfly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think for chickens its starter at 20% protein for the first 6 weeks. After that you can feed grower feed at 17-14% and when they get close to laying age switch hens to a layer feed. Don't feed layer when they are young as its too high in calcium and can damage organs and cause other problems. If you can't find grower you could keep using starter until you go to layer later on, I did with one of my groups of chicks and I never had a problem, but grower in the middle is your best bet in my experience. Someone whos had chickens longer then me may give you a better answer.
     
  3. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some say just stick with the starter all the way 'till laying time, 18 to 24 weeks, then
    switch to layer. The extra protein won't hurt at all. Many also say to feed the calcium
    to the layers separately so they can eat it as they need it rather than include it in their
    food.
     

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