whats the next stage of feed?????

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  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok my chicks are about 6 and a half weeks old and i have been feeding them 20 % chick starter crumbles , all it says on the bag is that it can be fed untill 6 weeks of age , so what is the next stage of feed i should buy ??
     
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmmm....I usually fed the chicks chick starter until about 4 months old, close to laying age. I don't know if anyone does anything different.
     
  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I give them the starter till about 4 months too, but after one month, I start giving them scratch occasionally as snacks... but I think starter is ok till 4 months, which is a good time to start them on layer feed to get them ready to lay eggs [​IMG]
     
  4. CanadianCrower

    CanadianCrower Out Of The Brooder

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    Does it matter if the starter is medicated? Can you still feed it for 4 months if it is?
     
  5. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some feed companies make a middle ground feed to feed between chick starter and layer. I use Blue Seal products and they have a product called grower-cal. It comes in pellets, is a little cheaper than chick starter, and lacks the excess calcium of layer. Check with your feed dealer- they probably have a brochure that tells you what is next. Since the bag states to feed it till 6 weeks, I am sure they have a product for the 6 week to 16 week age group.

    You CAN feed the medicated chick starter that long. I just choose not to.
     
  6. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, it depends what brand you use. Mine has a 'grower' formula for 8-10 weeks up until laying. Just read the bag and do what it says [​IMG]
     

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