When to switch to layer feed?

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  1. NewBostonChick

    NewBostonChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all.. We got our 1st egg today! Yeah! It was soft and had a hole in it, perhaps from the hen scratching.. My question is the girls are still on grower cal mash along with the 2 roosters..(that were supposed to be girls.. ) If I switch to layer feed, what about the roosters eating the layer feed? Thanks so much.. I am a new chicken lady..
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    You can safely switch to layer feed at 18 to 20 weeks, or when you get your first egg; whichever comes first.
    The roos can eat the layer feed right along with the hens.
     
  3. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what will happen if my 10 week olds are eating layer mash? will it hurt them?[​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Wendy'sChicksRock :

    what will happen if my 10 week olds are eating layer mash? will it hurt them?[​IMG]

    The added calcium is very hard on their kidneys. Best to feed them grower feed or starter grower at least until they are 18 weeks old.​
     

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