When to stop starter food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DaveK88, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. DaveK88

    DaveK88 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know someone recently asked this question but I cant find the post so Im sorry for asking but, at what point do i stop the chick starter food and do I start them on laying pellets right after? Our chicks are almost 3 weeks old now and I've read so many different things about when to stop starter food. I've heard 10 weeks 12 weeks and I,m just not sure. Thanks for any advise.
     
  2. Snegurochka

    Snegurochka Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep giving mine chick mash until they start to lay. You definitely don't want to give them laying mash until they're fully grown, since it is calcium fortified and this will supposedly interfere with their growth.
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have laying breed chicks? You can use a chick starter, medicated or not, for about 5-6 weeks, then after that (depending on when you need to buy another bag of feed) switch to a grower/finisher to point of lay. Usually this is around 5-6 months. The combs will brighten up and the pullets start getting more friendly, and more interested in the laying boxes.
    You should not feed laying ration to younger birds, the higher calcium level can damage their kidneys.

    Meat birds are fed differently, and it depends on the breed some - cornish crosses or heavy breeds
     
  4. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would keep them on chick crumbles until they start laying
     
  5. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they eat all the chick starter feed. Sorry, but I ain't wasting it.
     
  6. questions543

    questions543 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know what to do if you mix young chickens before they start laying with the adult chickens.... if there eating different foods how do I stop them... thanks!
     
  7. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your mixing older hens with younger ones that aren't laying i would feed them all starter/grower and put some oyster shell on the side. The young ones will pretty much leave the shell alone. And the hens will still get the calcium they need for eggs. I start feeding all mine layer pellets when they get around 18-20 weeks old.
     
  8. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    It will probably tell you on the bag. Sometimes you can even feed it until 18 weeks.
     
  9. billl2099

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    purina starter/grower feed says on the bag feed until 18 weeks
     

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