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Chicken Feeding Schedule and Nutrients

This is a breakdown of the ingredients in most chicken feeds. Also, we have provided a schedule of when you need to change to a different type of feed for both meat birds and egg layers.

Chicken Nutrients

NutrientFeed Ingredients
Carbohydrates(supply energy)Corn,sorghum,wheat,other grains
Protein sources(supply amino acids)Soybean meal,meat products,canola meal,fish meal
Fats(supply energy)Vegetable oil,tallow,blended fat products
MineralsSalt,limestone,calcium carbonate,calcium phosphate,oyster shell,commercial trace mineral mix
VitaminsCommercial vitamin mixes,feedstuffs

Chicken Feeding Schedule

Meat-type strains(Commercial-type broilers,roasters, "Cornish-Rock" crosses)
0-2 weeks22-24% protein chick starter
2-4 weeks20-21% protein grower
4 weeks to market18-20% protein finisher
Layer strains(commercial-type leghorns,brown egg layers)
0-6 weeks20-21% protein chick starter
6-10 weeks16-19% protein pullet grower
10 weeks prior to egg production5-17% protein pullet developer
At onset of egg production16-18% protein layer diet**
Dual-purpose breeds(Plymouth Rock,Rhode Island Red,New Hampshire,etc.)
0-6 weeks20-21% protein chick starter
6 weeks prior to egg production15-19% protein pullet grower/developer
At onset of egg production16-18% protein layer diet**