When to start with layer feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by atxash, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. atxash

    atxash Out Of The Brooder

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    Our chickens are almost 21 weeks old and should start laying soon. Is it ok to start the layer feed?
     
  2. Big yellow

    Big yellow Out Of The Brooder

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    If they are about to start laying, then sure. If you still have some starter feed, you can mix the layer feed and the starter to make sure they get everything they need until they lay there first egg.


    Hope this helps!
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You are well within the "safe" age range to feed layer feed (most commercial feed labels say 18+ weeks) if you wish - though it is unnecessary for birds that aren't actually actively laying and even for those birds it is not necessary to use layer feeds at all, provided one is giving sufficient calcium (ie oyster shell) which should be offered whether they are on layer ration or not.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014

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