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post #11 of 15
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Mrs. K

One more question if you don't mind. Do you feed all your hens starter feed in the coop when you have little ones in with them. I have read layer feed has to much calcium and will damage their kidneys.

Thank you!
post #12 of 15

Yes, everyone gets chick feed. Then I add oyster shell and egg shells on the side. The chicks and rooster ignore it.

 

Mrs K

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post #13 of 15
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Thank you! I'm sorry for being such a pest, but I want to do everything possible to make this go as smooth as possible!

Thanks again,
Ken
post #14 of 15

Not a problem, I just love doing chicks this way. I am not sure if it is because I have done chicks with a broody mother for many years, and all of my hens have been raised like this, but I just watched these chicks running out and about, under layers getting a drink, right next to a feeding layer, that one got a small peck, but no big one, just a mind your manners. They are just starting to get their wing feathers.

 

I believe they are stronger as they are moving all over a much larger space, rougher terrain than if I had them in a brooder box with a heat lamp. 

 

I am glad it is working out for you too.

 

Mrs K

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post #15 of 15
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Thought you might like to see momma and chicks outside!smile.png
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