When do I change my chicks food

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Denisejmdk, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Denisejmdk

    Denisejmdk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2015
    My chicks will be 20 weeks at the end of March. When do I change to laying food?
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    If their feed isn't medicated (for coccidia prevention), you don't have to ever change it. Laying feed is only appropriate if all the birds in the flock are laying, and it's the only thing they ever get to eat. There is no magic ingredient in layer feed that makes them lay. It's just lower in protein, which makes it a bit cheaper to buy, and has extra calcium added for eggshell production. You don't need to feed it, and if you have roosters or you like to give treats daily or if you free range, it's not going to be good choice.
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I agree. For the ease of future flock management, when all the chick starter has been eaten, I would switch to an all flock feed, and stay with it from then on. It's safe and nutritious for all ages and both sexes. Just make sure to offer oyster shell as soon as they begin to lay, and always keep it available to them. They'll eat what they need to meet their needs.

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