Which Chick Feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sunny-Side Up, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. Sunny-Side Up

    Sunny-Side Up Turn towards the sun & the shadows fall behind you

    May 1, 2017
    I'm getting chicks in the spring and I was wondering what feed I need to use.
    I'm pretty sure that I start out with medicated chick starter,
    then go to chick grower, and then when they're ready to lay, laying feed?
    But I'm not sure. Is there any other feed between the chick grower and layer feed?
    And when should I start each feed?
  2. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2017
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  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Yes, that's about it. Chick/starter, then grower, then layer. But you can go straight from starter to layer if you want, or starter to grower and never switch to layer. The difference is mainly the size of the crumble/pellets, the amount of protein, and the amount of calcium.

    The real important thing is to not switching to layer too early as the extra calcium isn't good for birds that don't yet need it.

    All my hens are laying now but I feed half grower, half layer, with oyster shells on side (I ferment the grower to maximize their protein intake, and the layer is pelleted which works well in the feeder I use.)

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