What type of food?

brittanys22

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Hello :)
I have 2 brahmas, RHR (cock), Easter egger & a Americana all of them are females except for my RHR. My 2 Brahmas are finally laying eggs :) all my other girls are still young. I have them on tractor supply starter chick feed but I need to switch since they are laying eggs. What should I get?

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GC-Raptor

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Since the other girls are much younger, I would just get Oyster Shells for the Layers and offer in a separate container until all are laying or showing signs they are close to lay after 18 weeks.
Then switch to layers feed.
I feed a Non-Medicated Starter-Grower or a All-Flock/Flock Raiser Crumble. 18/20% Protein with Oyster Shells separately to my hens. 20181214_095753.jpg . GC
 

blackdog043

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I have them on tractor supply starter chick feed but I need to switch since they are laying eggs.

You don't need to switch to layer, it is a choice you can make.

I feed 20% non medicated starter grower all the time, with oyster shell in a separate container, for any laying hens. I prefer the higher protein and when I introduce chicks, I don't have to change feeds. Others on here use, Flock Raiser or an All Flock feed, depending on the feed manufacture and also have oyster shell available.
 

junkman56

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I dont mean to take your post over, BUT
I have a question on feed also.
I have 12 older hens, and I have 15 week old chicks, the older hens get blue seal extra layer crumbles, and oyster shells, the chicks get, non medicated starter/grower feed.
The chicks are in a heated brooder untill around 5 weeks old at which time I will move them to the coop, which will have their own section.
Now when I integrate them to one flock, hopefully not long after they move to the coop.
What feed do I give both? Hens and chicks.
(I cant remember what I did with my last group of chicks)
Thank you
 

Sequel

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If you have a mixed age or gender flock you can just use the grower or all flock type feed. Oyster shells should always be available in a separate container for laying age pullets and hens, even if you do use layer food. I have no experience with mama hens and wee little chicks but I’ve heard here that the mama can eat the baby food. The object is to not force non laying birds to eat more calcium than they need. They will eat oyster shells or crumbled eggshells if they need it.
 

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