When is it time to change there feed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenmadame, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. chickenmadame

    chickenmadame Out Of The Brooder

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    My babies are getting older. When do I switch from medicated feed to laying feed?
     
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    I went from chick/starter (1-8 wks.), to grower/finisher (8-18wks.) and I believe the next is the layer. My chicks are 12wks. old. [​IMG]
     
  3. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I just feed my girls starter until they start laying then I switch them over to layer mash. [​IMG]

    Hope I am some help. [​IMG]
     
  4. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I usually buy 50 pounds of starter for 30 chicks. Whenever that runs out I buy Flockraiser or turkey grower (all purpose feed) for the entire flock, hens and chicks. Usually by this time the chicks have been moved from the indoor brooder to the coop brooder...fully feathered, weather permitting. And I provide oyster shell for the hens in the flock. When the chicks are 16-18 week old, and the bag of Flockraiser/grower runs out we start buying layer pellets for the entire flock.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    As you see there are several approaches open to you. You can also never switch to layer, but you have to be sure there is a calcium source available for those laying, usually oyster shell. I feed my whole flock grower or flock raiser as some are too young for layer and it's not the best for roosters, either. I keep a dish of oyster shell and another of grit separately. Probably the most important thing is not to feed layer too early, as the extra calcium is harmful to young chicks.
     

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