can chicks have 24% starter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickNjake, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 18 chicks that were hatched on 12/10 they are white rocks, australorp mixes, and a standard cochin mix. they've been on 20% protein starter/finisher. we were running low and I had said we're out of chick starter and that's exactly what they got [​IMG] 24% chick starter for turkeys, chuckar, pheasants, and quail.

    so my question is can my chicks have the 24% feed?

    and would it make sense to mix it 50/50 with 16% layer mash which we have?

    thank you! [​IMG]-Jake
     
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick feeding is really not a science...mine often get whatever is available...and when they are in the big pen with mommas they get the smaller bits of whatever is left on the floor, thus they get scratch and layer. In the wild, birds eat what they find...it isn't all spelled out for them on an ingedients list...and the birds around here don't read labels...
     
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At 7-8 weeks old, they probably would not do best on 24% turkey grower or 16% layer alone. The first because it is too much protein. The latter because it has too much calcium. Mixed 50-50 though, and it will probably work out.

    You could also mix the turkey grower with oats or scratch 75-25.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I raised some on 22% gamebird mixed 50/50 with 16% layer so it was a 19% feed. They grew normally and they just started laying recently.
     
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i have herds of babies,, both game and standard, they all get the game start,, and have since born,, and they are all fine,, plus they get adult food,, and table leftovers.
     
  6. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, thanks! I'm relived! I worry too much! [​IMG]
    I'll probably give them 50/50 with the layer. [​IMG]
     
  7. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Back in 1981 I ordered some chicks 200 of them and gave them all the same food throughout there life as was not up on it like today and not even sure what I gave them at that time but they stayed on it all the time..layed eggs and all..
     
  8. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Really not a science...do you follow the food guide and eat exactly what it says for portion sizes etc? Do you buy the "best most expensive" formula for your baby? Do you even bother looking at the formual labels to find out WHY it might be the best?
    Humans survive...chicks will survive even better...LOL!
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2009

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