When to switch feed - 14 weeks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NewChickmom2016, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2016
    I am a new chicken owner- our 3 girls will be 14 weeks on Wednesday. I have about a week's worth of starter-grower food left. My question is- what food should I buy now? I'm thinking it is too soon to switch to layer. My options are to buy bulk starter-grower to get us through the next few weeks- is until they are 18 weeks correct? Or to switch to layer now.
    Also- when you do switch do you do it slowly like you do with dogs? 1/4 new, 3/4 old; 1/2 and 1/2; 3/4 and 1/4?
    thanks for any info!
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    14 weeks is a bit young for layer. While you can switch them to layer as early as 16 weeks, it really doesn't hurt them to be on grower until 18-20 weeks or even later. And no, it doesn't need to be gradual; you can switch straight over.
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  3. NewChickmom2016

    NewChickmom2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2016
    Thanks Queen Misha-
    That's pretty much what I was thinking- will get some bulk to get us through. And thanks for the answer on whether I would need to switch gradually!
  4. thatdenicechic

    thatdenicechic New Egg

    Sep 13, 2016
    Glad to see this question...I was wondering the same about how to transition...I just had this image of my two girls wondering what the heck was in their feeder!! [​IMG]
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    This time of year, the shortening days can really slow down the rate of development. Keeping them on grower is the best choice. It could be a few more months till they start laying.

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