When do I change my chicks feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mccluckers, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    My chicks are now 9 weeks old and I was wondering when I switch them on to grower or layer feed I am introducing them to my adult flock at 14 weeks and I don't know how I will manage feeding if they can't have layer feed ?? Help !! And I am going to make a bachelor pad and I don't know what to feed them because presumably they can't have layer feed?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Songster

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    When you introduce them at 14 weeks, switch ALL your birds to Growers Pellets instead of layers and provide seperate calcium (usually in the form of oyster shell) so that your layers can top up when they need to. Feeding high-calcium layers pellets to your youngsters is not good for them but the laying hens will get everything they need from the growers and oyster shell. Your batchelors can have growers too.
     
  3. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    Thanks allot I won't worry anymore!! When can they have layer pellets?
     
  4. Paula Ashley

    Paula Ashley In the Brooder

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    I'm glad you asked this question. And thanks for the information. This has been a little fuzzy in my mind, too. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mccluckers

    Mccluckers Chirping

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    Haha yeh !
     
  6. happyhens1972

    happyhens1972 Songster

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    When they start to lay! Or if you see laying behaviour in the MAJORITY of the newbies.....reddening of the combs/wattles and squatting for the cockerel (or you!)
     

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