when to switch to Layer feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by new chick 203, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you automatically switch them to layer at 20 weeks or so, or do you wait till they lay?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I personally switch them over when I get the first egg or at 20 weeks if they haven't started laying before then.

    ETA: Don't let anyone tell you that switching them early will cause them to start laying. The only thing that determines the age at which they first start laying is their breed and their individual body.
     
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  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Chillin' With My Peeps

    I switched early because I wasn't sure. Didn't seem to hurt my birds. (maybe 15 weeks?)
     
  4. Beckyhsinglsc

    Beckyhsinglsc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say anywhere around 18-20 weeks when you run out of starter/grower. No need to waste feed.
    (mix the starter/grower and layer for a few days before you totally switch over.)
     
  5. sdjohnny

    sdjohnny New Egg

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    Quote:what she said
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    OR, you could go to an all-purpose or "FlockRaiser" type of feed and just supply crushed oyster shell free choice. That's what I do. I have different ages of chickens and trying to keep this group from eating that feed, or that group from eating this feed was a pain. The whole flock free ranges.... and the youngsters don't range as far as the Grown Up chickens.

    I keep crushed oyster shell in an empty tuna can nailed to an inside wall of the coop, plus I toss some out in one particular location for my duck to get (since she doesn't go into the chicken coop). A few of the layers have "discovered" the outside oyster shell depot and take advantage of it, too.

    Anyway, now I just buy chick starter for the babies and all purpose feed for everybody else.
     
  7. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started mixing chick feed with layer feed about 17 weeks. I still had a bunch of chick feed left however. I'm trying to find someone locally that has chicks so that I can give it away.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Yay Chicks! :

    I started mixing chick feed with layer feed about 17 weeks. I still had a bunch of chick feed left however. I'm trying to find someone locally that has chicks so that I can give it away.

    It won't hurt to use it up by mixing it with layer.

    I too usually start mixing layer in at about 18-20 weeks. I have done it out of desperation as early as 16 weeks with the fast developers.​
     
  9. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone. My girls are 13 and 17 weeks old. they have a ton of grower feed left so I'll stick with it for a few more weeks and just put out the oyster shells fee choice now. The big girls are cochins, i think they develop later. Does this sound all right?
     
  10. herechickchick20

    herechickchick20 New Egg

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    I switched my RIR at 18 weeks.I got my first egg at 18 weeks 2 days.
     

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