What's after Starter Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kerrigirl, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Kerrigirl

    Kerrigirl Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2012
    So I am brand new to chickens and I have my pullets on a starter feed (they are 6 1/2 weeks). When do I switch them off the starter feed? What do I switch them too? Also, this may be a strange question, but can I give them a bath? Like I said, I am a newbie...Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Usually you switch to a grower feed somewhere around 8 weeks (don't throw feed away; you can mix them) then layer when they start laying or around 20-22 weeks. Or you can feed them flock raiser, but the layers will need more calcium.

    People often bathe grown chickens for showing. There is not usually any other reason to, though, if they are not sick. It would be easy to chill young chicks too much by bathing.
  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Most starters you can also feed until they start laying.
  4. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    We feed Purina Start and Grow which works as a starter and grower. We feed this until the first lay or the last bag of Start and Grow when they're around 18 -20 weeks. Then we switch to Purina Layena. The bottom line is you want to wait on the layer feed until they're about to lay or have started to lay.

    You can google search how to give chickens a bath. I've never done it.

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