If you’re raising chickens, remembering what feed you need for different types and ages of chickens can get confusing. What you feed a young layer is different than what you feed a mature meat bird. The following table gives you the essentials:

Chicken Type (Age) Feed Protein Ratio
Pet, show, and layer chicks (0 to 6 weeks) Chick starter 18 to 20%
Pet and show chicks (6 weeks on, if not laying) Chicken feed 12 to 14%
Laying hens (6 weeks until laying begins) Layer finisher or grower 12%
Laying hens (through laying years) Layer feed 16% protein + correct calcium and mineral balances
Meat birds (0 to 6 weeks) Broiler or meat bird starter 23 to 24%
Meat birds (6 weeks to butchering) Broiler grower-finisher or meat bird grower-finisher 18 to 20%