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When do we stop feeding ChickStarter and switch to regular feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JudithKerlin, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. JudithKerlin

    JudithKerlin Out Of The Brooder

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    I read the wonderful thread by the professor raising a porch flock of games and was startled to learn that some of his chicks died from eating scratch grains scattered for the adults-- the corn, I believe it was, tore up their tiny gastrointestinal tracts. No scratch-grains for my juveniles till I find out how old they should be before they get switched from baby food!

    Just mixed a bag of lay-pellets with a bunch of better stuff from the bulk section-- oats, barley, wheats, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, etc etc-- but how old should my five home-hatched chickens be when I move them to adult feed?
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The back of the feed bag (like nutrena) has all of that information
     
  3. handyman42

    handyman42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe last time I looked on the back of a bag of Dumor it was (with chickens) 16-18 weeks. Which seems a bit old to me, I typically start mixing chick starter with layer pellets around 14 weeks (if I'm not butchering them). If I am butchering them I try to feed them out completely with chick starter so they get enough protein. Hope this helps.
     
  4. CherishHolland

    CherishHolland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also switch them to a grower finisher until they start laying because the calcium and protein is different in layer feed and could potentially hurt the chicks

    I feed chicks starter until they are about 8-10 weeks old and that is when I switch them to a grower/finisher
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2013

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