When can I...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickyLove, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. ChickyLove

    ChickyLove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Springfield, MA.
    safely switch my babies over to "grown up" feed? Right now they are just about four weeks old and I have roughly 15 lbs of chick starter left. I would love to blend my own but am finding it less expensive to have a pre-mix. Is there a particular brand folks use for their juveniles? Wondering when I should introduce grit as well? Thanks so much for your help! [​IMG]
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I change from starter to grower (Purina Flock Raiser) at about 4-5 weeks.
    They stay on that until they are 18 weeks and then they go to Layena.

    I don't do grit, but I do add oyster shells and a small amount of scratch to my layena/Egg Maker... (whichever is on sale)
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Usually, on the back of the feed bag, it gives you this information, with the options.

    You can feed your chicks anything, starter, raiser, grower, anything, until the the eggs appear. At that point, their bodies can now handle the extra calcium provided in the layer feeds.
  4. Feeder

    Feeder Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Rolling Prairie, IN.
    I was also wondering about that thank's for the info.

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