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How Do You Know What Kind of Feed to Give Your Chickens?

| 5/8/2019 10:29:00 AM


A trip to your local feed store can leave you scratching your head if you're trying to buy chicken feed.  There are so many options available... grower, laying pellets, starter, scratch grains, organic, medicated... How do you know which one to get?

The best way to determine the feed that is suited to your chickens is to figure out what the different feeds are.  Once you know what the feeds are, you can purchase the right feed with confidence.

Feeding for Age Groups

If you're buying feed for the first time, there's a high chance that you've got chicks.  One of the ways that you can sort feed out is by the feeding stage, or age group of the chickens it is made for. 

Chick feed is often called starter feed.  Starter feed usually comes in a small crumble so that young chicks can eat it easily.  Starter feed has a high amount of protein to support the rapid growth that baby chicks go through.  Starter feed can be fed to chicks from day one until they are about 6-8 weeks old.

Once chicks are 6-8 weeks old, you'll want to switch them over to a grower feed if you can find it.  Grower usually comes in a pellet and has a slightly smaller amount of protein.  Although the chicks are still growing and maturing, they don't require quite as much protein at this stage.  Grower feed is provided until chicks are about 16 weeks old.

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