When to switch to layer feed?

NewBostonChick

Chirping
9 Years
Jul 14, 2010
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5
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New Boston, NH
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..
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
345
661
SW Arkansas
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.
 

Wendy'sChicksRock

Songster
9 Years
Aug 8, 2010
651
7
131
Oakland county ,MI
what will happen if my 10 week olds are eating layer mash? will it hurt them?
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gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
345
661
SW Arkansas
Wendy'sChicksRock :

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