When do I switch to a diiferent feed from starter?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by cook_kaka_ook, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2009
    My flock are now 11 weeks old. They're still on medicated starter (about 3lbs. more left) from my last purchase.What type of feeds can I switch them into. Any advice?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If a seperate grower (which is usually not medicated) is available, you could switch them now.
    If all that is available is a combination starter/grower they can stay on that until 18 to 20 weeks, or you get your first egg; whichever comes first.
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing

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  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I switch mine from medicated starter to a all-in-one at around 10 weeks old...it is a little lower protein and beefed up on the other good stuff...then when they begin laying they go on a layer with oyster shell - free choice to them.
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    You could change from starter to grower right now if you want. I'd mix the starter and grower about 50/50 until the starter is gone.

    Or if you like you could just keep them on starter until they lay the first egg then transition them over to layer, again mixing 50/50 until the starter is gone.

    I've done it both ways and could not tell any particular difference.

  6. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2009
    Thank you to all for your advice.

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