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Are oats okay for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Bobbi Jack, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. Bobbi Jack

    Bobbi Jack Out Of The Brooder

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    Question; I've heard that oats are good for ducklings to slow down their growth and thereby extend their lives and make them better egg producers, but my ducks are kept with the chicks. Would oats be harmful to two-week-old chicks?
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Should be fine Bobbi. Just be sure to feed them starter/grower also......Pop
     
  3. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read on this subject it seems the worst taht it will do is slow the growth of your chicks. Most hatcheries do not recommend supplementing chick starter with other foods for the first few weeks.

    I've always fed 100% chick starter until they are in the coop and free ranging. Then I switch to regular chicken feed. Layer rations are for later when your pullets are starting to lay.
     
  4. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Way back when and Chick starter didn't exist. All our chicks were started on rolled oats.
     
  5. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    True that on the way back when, but if they were out with momma hen, we don't want to imagine all that they would be eating.
    The only thing is to give them some grit, it will need to be very small like the type for a canary/finch- probably larger at that. Its that the grit will help grind up the oats.
    Good luck and happy baby chickie month- after that they become monstahs... lol, just kidding.
     
  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They were in 400 chick Kerosene heated brooder houses in Janurary. Not much to be found in the snow.
     

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