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when do I switch to adult food??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by torrelee, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious when I should switch my girls from baby food to something else, and if I go straight from baby food to layer food?? They're between 5 and 7 weeks I think and free ranging with the big girls, but I have their food in a separate brooder pen that they have access to as well. I've attached a couple of pics since I'm not positive on the ages... Thanks!
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  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    I always wait to right about 5 months old. Some give grower in between, I don't. I would just keep giving them the chick food (non medicated) until 5 months old [​IMG] And if they are free ranging they are getting all they need really [​IMG] Sounds like your a good chicken mama [​IMG]
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Yours look about 3 months??
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Feed them flock Raiser and you don't have to feed them anythingelse. Just offer up your hens some crushed oyoter shell if they want it. It's ALL I use
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read in several magazines, starter for 18-20 weeks till the pullets start to lay, then switch to layer feed. Offer oyster shell also for stronger shells.
     
  6. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lady I bought them from said that they wyandotte was 5 weeks and the "americauna" was 4 weeks about two weeks ago. I THOUGHT they looked quite a bit older than that, but I havn't raised chickies before. My australorps were right around 5 months when I got them, so I took her word for it, lol.
     
  7. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that an egg in the nest?
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  8. torrelee

    torrelee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    uh, yeah, there were six in there... It freaked me out for a minute until I realized that my BF had said there weren't eggs in the nest boxes in the house the day before. The big girls got in with the babies and layed in their house. Doofuses! I readjusted the opening so the littles could get out, but the bigs couldnt get in.
     
  9. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question to add to that. If you buy medicated, can you just give your adults that too?
     
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Just posted this on a similar thread.

    Purina Flock Raiser 20% Protein meant for use with mixed flocks. Turkeys, chickens, ducks, from hatch to plate. If you can get it, it's much cheaper than buying all kinds of different feeds for different ages of birds. I even use it to raise nice fat little quail instead of the higher protein gamebird feed.

    The only thing your layers need that no one else needs is calcium. You don't have to give them layer feed to provide that. You can give them crushed oyster shell on the side and they will eat what they need. Which IMOH is better than forcing them to eat it in their rations.
     

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