When do you switch over to grower (vs starter) food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fshinggrl, May 5, 2009.

  1. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it just when you run out of starter? I know you aren't supposed to feed the starter once they start laying eggs (medicated). My pullets are 3 weeks old today.
     
  2. teeny

    teeny Out Of The Brooder

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    the label on the food should say. they get starter till 6 weeks and then grower till 12 weeks . i have mine on a starter/grower and it cover both areas . i don't know what yours are for laying or meat. you might ask your feed store cause there is starter, grower, and finisher. i give mine scratch at 5 weeks till it's time for lay mash. i give mine bread , whole shelled corn , scratch and laying mash. i also give them grass , my hens like it and my roosters don't. BEST OF LUCK!:
     
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    teeny Out Of The Brooder

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    forgot to tell you to give grit / oyster shell for calcium when they get older.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Depending on where you live you may find starter/grower or seperate starter and grower.
    If it's starter/grower you can feed that up until 18 to 20 weeks or when you get your first egg; whichever comes first.
    If seperate, feed starter for around 6 to 8 weeks and then they go onto grower until 18 to 20 weeks or first egg.
    You should start offering oyster shell when you start giving them layer feed.
     

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