post #11 of 11
Originally Posted by 3riverschick View Post

 I understand many people feed their chickens eggs. I just don't feed species food consisting of their own kind. Don't bother to dissent, It's my thing. Instead, I raise my birds on Bovidr Labs Poultry Nutri-Drench in their water for the 1st 3-4 weeks of life. it is an inexpensive top quality nutritional supplement. Easy to administer. Made specifically for poultry. Does not need to be digested so the chick gets all the nutrients, not just whatever ratio its G.I. tract may be capable of uptaking. Doing this I have never had a sick or dead chick. Just healthy, robust chicks.  I don't feed my chicks treats either. Just standard chick feed,   appropriate chick grit and the Drench in their water.
  I suppose I could make thing more complicated by feeding them all sorts of extras, however, this standard fare grows quality chicks and I can see how they are growing without worrying if their diet is off standard nutrients due to treats affecting the nutrient ratios. It's easier for me to see how the individuals are progressing as they are all eating the same things. I make my Drench water look like very weak tea. 2 seasons ago I raised 42 large fowl Light Sussex on Goat Nutri-Drench, using the poultry usage and dosage instructions. They did very well. It worked for me. I used Poultry Nutri-Drench on smaller hatches. It's a concentrated product. I  find the small bottle of Poultry formula enough for any reg. season of about 14 chicks. I get mine at Tractor Supply...or try your local feed store.