5 Weeks Old. Starter still or Grower?

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  1. e72071

    e72071 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chicks are now 5 1/2 weeks old and seem to be thriving. We are just about out of our medicated feed and need to buy more food. My question is should I keep them on the medicated starter or is it ok to progress to the grower food at this point?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    You could start them on grower food. If its too big you can grind it up a bit. That's my opinion and I'm sure someone will say its wrong or whatever. Its really up to you.
     
  3. e72071

    e72071 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I welcome all opinions. I have been introducing them to treats like kale, strawberries, apples and I give them chick grit. They do great with all of that so I know they can handle eating it. I just wasn't sure if there was too much of something in the grower that their bodies may not be ready for.
     
  4. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I always hatch about 20 chics. I buy 1 25lb bag of chick starter. When its gone they go on big girl food. I do not feed laying pellets unless they are laying. My son digs worms for them from day one. They love them. Also if they are not on dirt they may need a little grit to digest the grower feed. It usually takes about 4 to 5 weeks to go through 25lb bag for us.
     
  5. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having a variety of ages of chicks , I feed 20% protein grower to birds of all ages. Layers have oyster/ egg shells on the side .

    Some may disagree, but I can't have a different coop for each stage of growth .............or could I???[​IMG]
     
  6. e72071

    e72071 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's actually a good idea with the mix. I think we'll get a smaller bag of the medicated feed and do a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio with grower. Once that medicated is gone I'll leave them on just the grower until they start laying.
     
  7. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Depends on your wallet.
     
  8. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And your spouses patience[​IMG]
     
  9. e72071

    e72071 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our chicks finally outgrew the brooder we had so the hubby concocted a new one today. Almost 6 weeks old and they have their first condo.

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  10. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Looking good.
     

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