When can I start feeding my chicks regular feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wyattm101215, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. wyattm101215

    wyattm101215 Hatching

    Apr 2, 2016
    I have fourteen 8 week chicks and was wondering when would be a good time to start feeding them regular feed. Any ideas?

  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Songster

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    I am guessing you are currently feeding chick feed? If you are referring to when you an switch over to "Layer feed", you will want to wait till they are laying (usually around 5-6 months) as it contains calcium. Calcium is needed for layers but too much prior to laying isnt good for them.
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    This is a question where you ask 100 people you will get 100 different answers. I have always started my pullets on layer about 16-20 weeks or 4-5- months just before laying so they have the calcium in there system when the lay for good solid hard shell eggs and have never had a problem in 10 plus years of having chickens.
  4. tenman78

    tenman78 In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2015
    Winabago County,IL
    Well what I'm gonna do is provide the whole coop (new pulleys and my older ones) a meat bird feed and give oyster shell on the side so my layers get their calcium and the non layers dont.Agree 100% choco!

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