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When can I switch the feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by peep-a-boo, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. peep-a-boo

    peep-a-boo Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2010
    Dripping Springs, TX
    My "chicks" are now 17 weeks. I think I have a week's worth of chick feed left. Do I need to wait for that 1st egg to switch to layer feed or can I switch now?
  2. nicolemac

    nicolemac Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 6, 2013
    Isle of Skye
    At 17 weeks they can move onto adult layer feed just now, to make a smooth transition mix your chick feed with with adult feed so they can get used to it - although they probably wouldn't be bothered. At maybe 20 weeks you can start adding extra calcium - just before they start to lay.
  3. peep-a-boo

    peep-a-boo Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 21, 2010
    Dripping Springs, TX
    Thank you! I forgot about the oyster shells, so thanks for that too!
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Or, just feed them an all flock type feed, such as Flock Raiser and offer the calcium source on the side. They'll pick at it, if they need it.
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    If your planning on offering oyster shells free choice then you don't even need layer feed. You can use the grower blend or stay with a non medicated stater blend or like Fred said an all flock blend but those are more expensive. The only reason I feed a layer blend is it's the only blend I can get in pellets near me. With the layer blend I don't offer added calcium. My chickens waste feed if in crumbles- knock it on ground as eating then it's dead to them.

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