When to switch chick feed/

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Newtohens, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Newtohens

    Newtohens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2010
    My girls about 4 weeks old and are almost fully feathered. They have been eating a consistent diet of chick starter with the occasional treat, but when do I switch their feed from chick starter to something with les protein like a grower/layer feed? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    As soon as they lay their first egg you'll want to switch to layer pellets. I bought a bag and kept handy when mine where about 24 weeks old. [​IMG]
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    If you can find grower/finisher feed, you can change them over to that at 8 weeks (or anytime after that to use up all your starter feed). If you can't find grower/finisher feed, then keep them on the starter until 18 or 19 or 20 weeks or until you run out of it around that time. Then you switch to layer feed.

    OR keep them on all purpose poultry feed and provide free feeding oyster shell when they start to lay.

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