When should I feed my chickens layer feed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HappyClucker7, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2016

    All of my chickens are laying but one. Can I still switch over to layer feed, or do I have to wait until they are all laying? She is very near laying so would it make any difference if she got it early?

    Any coments?


  2. Cel45

    Cel45 Songster

    Oct 28, 2015
    Houston, Tx
    You can to one of two things. Either feed and all flock with oyster shell on the side (grit too as oyster shell is too soft) or Layer. I had mine on an all flock but switched back to layer because I could not an all flock around here except for Purina and I need something cheaper. I still provide oyster shell in case they need it, but they do not touch it now that I have gone back to layer. The all flock does allow you more flexibility during molts, etc. I hope that helps, but if you need more info.you can start a thread on the laying forum.
  3. ejcrist

    ejcrist Songster

    Oct 16, 2015
    Desert Hills, AZ
    X2 what Cel45 said. I started feeding mine Nutrena Naturewise 16% Crumble when the first pullet started laying. I put oyster shell out too and some of my Leghorns eat it even with the layer feed. I also have a rooster, and at first I thought I'd have to use an "all-flock" type of feed but I read where roosters can eat layer feed too without any problems so that's what I do. I believe the instructions on the Nutrena layer feed says to begin feeding them at 20 weeks which is pretty much what I did.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    If you want to switch to layer feed, I'd simply do it at any point now when you need to buy feed. Don't quit in the middle of a sack of feed to change, there's no point in that. If she's 18 weeks or so, it will be fine to give her layer.

    Or, you can just keep everyone on grower or all flock and offer oyster shell, etc to boost calcium.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2016
    Thanks for all your help guys!

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