Who feeds Starter to all ages

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by suebee, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    a 50# bag of layer goes bad before its even 1/2 empty so I'm giving all my chicks and chickens starter that comes in 25# bags. Of course I'm giving oyster shell too. Since I only have 19 chickens and chicks, the smaller bags get eaten faster before it gets overcome with bugs or moisture. A 50# bag can last me at least 6 months....forget that!! I feel its bad after 3 months. The protein is higher but all mine free range so they just eat in the morning before I let them out. So far, so good.
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I'm doing, too. I only have three laying bantam hens and six teenager bantams. I offer oystershell to the layers on the side.
     
  3. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Yep, got so tired of throwing away all that layer food. They seem to be doing fine. Wish they'd sell layer in smaller bags!
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I feed Kalmbach 1044 Starter/ Grower to all the birds. I did that for around 4 years then this year Kalmbach decided to change the feed so it has no animal protein feed and I decided to switch to Kent feeds and I use there High Flyer 28..

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  5. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    That was nice of you to provide the link. Around here we have Tractor Supply. I buy Dumor Starter because its non-medicated. I've hatched chicks since March so I'll probably keep all on the non-med starter until December, when the last batch turn 5 months. Thinking of trying Flock Raiser after that.
     
  6. Farmington

    Farmington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had everyone on Start and Grow (Purina), but now that I have 3 age classes to feed, I have switched to Flock Raiser (Purina), and as my older birds get to laying age, I will supplement with oyster shell. They all get to forage in the run during the day, and free range a bit in the evening, except for my 3 week olds.
     

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