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Can 1 month olds eat cracked corn?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ResidentEvilRock, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. ResidentEvilRock

    ResidentEvilRock In the Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    My chicks will be 1 month old on sunday. I have 100 of them. Chick starter is starting to get pricey. Would it be okay if I mixed scratch feed in with their chick starter? They are pretty big now. Also, I am putting them outside today since they'll be 1 month old. Do they still need a heat lamp?

  2. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    What temp is the brooder/coop? or temps outside? Maybe switch to 100w bulb. I can't remember how many feathers they have at 1 month. If they are big, then depending on the temps you can probably get by with a light bulb, instead of heat lamp.

    They can eat the cracked corn, but you will need to supply grit...either purchase or put a scoop of gravel/dirt for them to eat.
  3. txchickie

    txchickie Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm sure they can, I personally wouldn't do it, but that's just me. If you do decide to, be sure to give the chickies some grit and they should be fine [​IMG]
  4. ResidentEvilRock

    ResidentEvilRock In the Brooder

    May 19, 2008
    For their first month, they've had a 60 watt light bulb and it has worked fine. Today it is 65 degrees outside. I may just turn the lamp at night. I don't think they need it in the day time. It's really warm here now.
  5. Mikhail

    Mikhail Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    its okay, but its fattening so I wouldn't feed much to them.

    also, I read they shouldnt eat cracked corn til they're 10 months old.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009
  6. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    No. Cracked corn is not a complete diet, it doesn't have NEARLY enough protein to keep those chickies growing well.

    Cracked corn really shouldn't be fed as anything more than a treat.

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