The Rubys Change to Growers Pellets

The Rubys are growing up fast and increasing in size quite considerably, and today we changed their diet to introduce Growers Pellets, which they’ll be on from about 8 weeks to 16 weeks.

They’ve been fed Chick Crumb since day 1, which contains a higher amount of protein to help with their early muscular and bone development. This food is a crumb consistency as it’s easier for the chicks to process, given the early development of their digestive system.

In a few days’ time they’ll be 8 weeks old and by that stage of their life should be feeding on Growers Pellets, which contains a lower proportion of protein, and at 16 weeks old, we’ll move them onto Layers Pellets, which contain the right nutritional balance for a laying hen. In order to move them over to their new feed, for the next few days they’ll be eating a mixture of Chick Crumb and Growers Pellets, to get them used to their new diet.

The proportion of the main ingredients in the various feeds is:
Chick Crumb: Protein 19%, Oil 4%, Fibre 4%, Ash 6%
Growers Pellets: Protein 16%, Oil 3.5%, Fibre 4%, Ash 6.5%
Layers Pellets: Protein 17%, Oil 3.25%, Fibre 4.5%, Ash 14%

They seemed to approve, including Ruby, who excitedly called the chicks over when the pellets were added to their feeder!

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