Curious how long do they stay on the Chick crumble and when do you move on to feeding them something else? Mine were 3 wks old yesterday.
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If you are feeding the amprolium medicated feed, until about three months of age, then transition to a Flock Raiser type feed. Meat chicks might get a meat bird feed until processing. An all-flock feed like Flock Raiser can be fed for life, with oyster shell on the side when they are laying. There's really not only one correct answer! Mary
Edited by realsis - 2/2/16 at 7:53am
I am not really sure what they are on. The guy at the feed store helped me with the food and since I only had 3 sold me 5lbs out of a huge bag he had @ .50 a lb. I need more so I am going by there today I will have to check and make sure it is medicated as it seems this is best.
Medicated chick starter is not necessarily better, it just gives you one less thing to worry about. That can be a huge plus for first time chicken owners. If you choose to feed unmedicated, than you need to make sure to have something on hand to treat any coccidia outbreaks. Once they are completely feathered and have been living outside for about a month, you can switch them to something else.
Growing birds need to be fed a feed that is at least 18% protein. Do not offer a layer feed unless every bird in the flock is actively laying. I keep my whole flock on a 20% grower feed for their entire lives, and offer crushed oyster shell for my layers.
Edited by realsis - 2/2/16 at 12:04pm
It's very important to have fresh feed; always check the date on the feed bag. I won't feed anything over eight weeks from date of manufacture, and newer is better. Some of the vitamins will be too far gone as time goes on. By all means buy small amounts of feed for only a few chicks. Mary