Aggie's second clutch of eggs are due to hatch this weekend. It just dawned on me that a few days before she went broody I bought 200 pounds of game bird finisher for the flock and have 0 chick starter on hand. Wouldn't be hard to get it or at least game bird starter but is it necessary? I did a comparison of of nutritional values of chick starter compared with game bird finisher and the finisher actually seems to be better than the starter in protein and several other nutrients. The MFA chick starter has 15% crude protein, the finisher has 22% protein. Game bird starter has 27% protein but comparing the regular starter with the finisher and the finisher is far more nutritious.
I checked the bag of Purina chick starter I just bought and it's 18% protein. The crumble is a different texture than what I feed my bigger girla, but other than that, my uneducated guess is that it would be fine.
Question - do you guys vaccinate your broody-hatched chicks? If I'm going to keep them in my home flock, do you think it's a big deal if I skip it?
Mine are due this weekend. My broody is doing well... a little too well... I've only seen one very watery poop in the last week or so and wish she would get up more often. Her pen has two water bottles and two kinds of food, and I'd thrown scratch and dried mealworms and soldier flies on the floor. She's not touching any of it. This morning I scrambled her an egg and dragged her out of her box and she ate most of it and drank something. She's starting to lose feathers so I might keep making eggs and dragging her out.
Edited by JayJo - 6/7/16 at 4:50pm