When to start using Starter/Grower feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickendude, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't remember at what age I switched my chicks from starter to starter/grower. Currently I am using medicated starter 18% on my 6 week old chicks that a broody hatched for us. At what age do you change over to 20% grower?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    At 6 weeks I switch to 16% grower.
     
  3. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought you went up in protein. from 18% starter to 20% grower until they start to lay?
     
  4. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    You can switch whenever you want. Ours are on a grower type ration (locally custom milled) from day one.
     
  5. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

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    No, you go down in protein. They don't need to grow too fast if they are going to be a laying hen. You want their internal organs to mature so they are at both the right maturity and size when they start to lay. If you can get it, 15% developer is recommended from thirteen weeks until they start to lay, but the 16% grower is also fine. Commercial laying operations try to slow down the start of egg laying until the hen has matured a bit. The hen is healthier, lays better eggs, and has a more productive laying season.

    If they are going to be meat birds, it is different. Go ahead and throw a lot of protein at them. They won't be alive long enough to develop the long-term medical problems overfeeding can cause.
     
  7. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Ridgerunner.
     
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  9. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you chris09 I checked your link at the bottom of the page. Great info. [​IMG]
     
  10. Chris09

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