When should I switch to layer feed?

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  1. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I switch my chicks to layer feed at 15 weeks or should I hold off and wait until 18 weeks?
    Thanks for any help or advice! :)
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Wait till they all start laying. In the meantime, keep some crushed oyster shell out for them.
     
  3. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have to wait til all of them start laying!! I can't switch over when one or two start laying?!?!
     
  4. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, just do what junebuggena says.
    Don't rush things.
     
  5. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mix 1/2 chick feed 1/2 layer at about 5 1/2 to 6 months for a month. Then over to straight layer feed after that.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Depending on their breeds, it might be a few more months before they all start laying. Grower till they all lay.
    There is no magic ingredient in layer feed that will make them lay, and if you like to offer lots of treats, it might not be a good choice for your flock at all.
     
  7. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks
    Gray Farms said I could mix the feeds at 5 1/2,6 months can I ?
    We have two buff orphingtons, two Columbian rocks, a EE,and a PR. I have about 30 pounds of layer feed left over from when the chicks were not outside yet with the older flock. Now they are with the older two in the same coop so I just didn't want it to get bad so I wanted to use it as soon as possible.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    This is what I do.
    I wait till the first egg. Then I feed layer feed. It does not matter if only one is laying. Once the first egg is laid I then put out the oyster shell.
     
  9. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks! :)
    I'm soo confused thou cause everyone is telling me different. Do I wait til they all lay or after one like you said???
    Thanks
     
  10. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its more or less personal preference more than anything. You can feed them layer crumbles from the start and they survive. But they won't grow right. I'd say if you've just got some layer feed your wanting to use up. You could just mix a little in everyday to get it used up. Then switch them over later.
     

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