When to switch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheOLDNewChick, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    My hens are in between 16 & 18 weeks old; I was wondering if I can go ahead and switch them to a layer feed? I have some 14 week old hens so I'm guessing they have to stay on the starter?
     
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Go ahead and switch them get your layer and mix it with what you have left of starter so its not a sudden shock of new food to thier system
     
  3. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    you can change them all at once and they'll be just fine. We mix the new feed in over time. start with something like 25% new feed mixed with 75% current feed. then 50-50, then 75-25 untill all hte old feed has been used up.
     
  4. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    Okay, the 14 week olds too?
     
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    unless you like catering and serving them all seperatly [​IMG]
     
  6. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    LOL! Well, I'm a bad mom. The 14 week olds are actually 16 weeks. [​IMG] But I've still got chick starter until the 7 week olds get older. Thank y'all!
     

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