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When to switch feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Charrisse, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Charrisse

    Charrisse Out Of The Brooder

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    My guy and gals are going on 7 weeks old. We are about to finish up the third bag of starter feed. Is it time to switch? And to what? Do they need supplementation of oyster shell too?
    Thx :)
    They do get chick grit and have a sand box and go outside regularly for a few hours of free ranging under close supervision lol
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    I switch my chicks at around 6 months, (when most pullets start laying, but not all) switching to early could damage the little chicks insides and kill them. So just wait till they're 6 months old.
     
  3. Charrisse

    Charrisse Out Of The Brooder

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    Oki. I thought Id remembered reading that there was a grower feed or something you switched to before the layer feed. I must be reading to much LOL
     
  4. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Good luck with your chooks!
     
  5. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That depends upon what you are switching them from and to. I use Purina Start & Grow medicated until they are about 20 weeks old. If any of the birds are laying, which is not likely at 20 weeks, then I switch them to Purina Layena pellets. If no one is laying I will buy one bag of Purina Flock Raiser to feed them. When this is gone then I switch to Layena. I can not speak for other brands of feed. I only use Purina. I tried one bag of a different cheaper brand one time and found their poo was really stinky. As soon as I switched back to Purina it got a lot better.

    I do not provide Oyster shell until someone starts laying.
     
  6. Charrisse

    Charrisse Out Of The Brooder

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    They are on purina or nutrena - it depends on if I go to Rual King or TSC. LOL!
     
  7. ignatz

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    The 'instructions on the feed bags' are usually pretty good to go by.
     

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