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9 week old chick wants to eat laying pellets

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LesGan, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. LesGan

    LesGan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One surviving 9 week old chick (I think a pullet) wants to eat the big hens' laying pellets even though I provide "feeding stations" of grower crumbles for the chick in the house and in the yard. The "Bigs" like to eat the grower crumbles that they can get to but there is enough for the baby. Is it dangerous for chick to eat the laying pellets? Thanks, Worried Chickie Momma
     
  2. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not as long as she gets it down ! :<)) She should be fine, they all seem to have their preferences.
     
  3. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    You're too cute. Don't worry about it. If it'll go down the pipe, they can eat it.
     
  4. LesGan

    LesGan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your support responses. In case you couldn't tell :) I am new to this. Loving these feathered friends and wanting to do it right. Thanks again.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2009
  5. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    my chicks have been eating 'big girl food' since they got out from under the lamp and joined the hens... they like it, and don't choke... just keep an eye on it until you're sure she isn't going to choke, then let her have at it!
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Choke, no. However layer feed is too high in calcium for growing chicks. This can potentially cause later issues, including kidney damage and even painful gout.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I wouldn't. A little probably won't hurt but not on a regular basis. [​IMG]
     

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