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What to feed my babies!?

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So here is my story! I'm 18 years old and just got my first job about 2 months ago at my local pet supply/ feed store. I love it! And at this time of year we get baby chicks. When they came in Friday February 12th I had already planned on getting a couple. I had everything prepared and I continually come back to this site when I have questions. I wound up getting 4 chicks.
1 naked neck (S'mores)
1 cuckoo Maran (Speckles)
1 golden sex link ( Henry)
1 dark Cornish (Sam)


Anyways I have had then for almost a week and I have them on Purina medicated chick starter. I started reading. A thread about how bad Purina is and I got really scared for my girls. I live in Southern California, and I have searched locally for something like Blue Seal or Kent feeds. There isn't one within 500 miles of me. The feed store I work at is considered the best in our area and we only have
Purina
Nutrena
Layena
Manna pro
Nature wise
And some organic chain under one of those brands.


What should I be feeding my babies!?!? Please help!!

-Rachel
post #2 of 5

If the feed is marketed for chicks, it will be fine for chicks to eat it. I have never heard that Purina is bad for chicks but I haven never used it. 

 

All of the feeds you have listed are good, I wouldn't worry!

 

(PS : This site is sponsored by Purina!)

Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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I saw it was sponsored by Purina, I was just reading a thread yesterday and a lot of people were highly against it. A couple said they felt bad because Purina sponsored the site, but that didn't change how they felt about it lol.
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Originally Posted by racheldeane13 View Post

Anyways I have had then for almost a week and I have them on Purina medicated chick starter. I started reading. A thread about how bad Purina is and I got really scared for my girls. I live in Southern California, and I have searched locally for something like Blue Seal or Kent feeds. There isn't one within 500 miles of me. The feed store I work at is considered the best in our area and we only have
Purina
Nutrena
Layena
Manna pro
Nature wise
And some organic chain under one of those brands.

-Rachel

 

Rachel,

 

Of the 3 brands that you listed Purina, Manna Pro and Nutrena (Layena is Purina's layer feed and Nature Wise is Nutrena's "natural" line) your best bet is to go with either Purina or Manna Pro.

Now if you can get Manna Pro's Gamebird/Showbird feed then you would be better off using that over all others that you listed.

 

Here is a link to Manna Pro's Gamebird/Showbird feed.

 https://www.mannapro.com/products/poultry/chick-care/gamebirdshowbird

 

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #5 of 5

X2 what Chris said. And your chicks will do just fine on Purina. I've raised a lot of healthy, happy chicks over the years on Purina chick starter because that is what is most available to me. 


Edited by cafarmgirl - 2/18/16 at 11:59am
wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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