When to switch to layer feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shakecc, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are about 26 weeks old. We finally got our first egg today![​IMG]

    They are still eating medicated chick feed. Should I go ahead and switch over to layer feed?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    Yes, at that age it's good to have them on layer feed. Congrats on the egg!
     
  3. ddeans

    ddeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations on the first egg. Its so exciting isn't it.. ?
     
  4. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

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    Hi,

    Manufacturers differ from each other but the directions on my feed are as follows:

    Feed starter (medicated) for the first 8 weeks, then switch to grower (unmedicated) for an additional 10 weeks, for a total of 18 weeks.

    After that, the layer pellets should be fed.

    I have been following the directions and everything seems to be fine. My first hen started laying at about 19 weeks.

    Good luck and congrats on the egg! [​IMG] Genie
     

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