Can I feed my chicks Black Sesame Seeds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tanya22, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Tanya22

    Tanya22 Chirping

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    I have recently stopped giving my two chicks starter feed and have been trying to make a good seed mixture at home. Till now have incorporated 3 things in their homemade mix:
    Pearl Millet, Corn and Sunflower Seeds. I go with the ratio of 3:2:1 respectively and their poop seems to be fine and healthy looking.

    I found out that we can give sesame seeds too and I bought some black ones but I can't find info on them. The recipes online don't really say which colour of the seeds we should feed them and I don't wanna take chances. One chick of mine is already very sick.

    So, I just wanna know if this will be a good addition to their diet.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    Your homemade diet is fatty. I personally would put them back on the chick starter which is formulated to support their rapid growth and development. Bird seed will leave them deficient. Sesame seeds are also fatty. :confused:
     
  3. Tanya22

    Tanya22 Chirping

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    the issue is that their feed is almost finished and no one is selling it here. The people I got it from have also refused due to some policies. So, I need to make a good feed for them at home.

    I also feed them eggs daily and spinach, potatoes and home made sprouts. Oh and I am going to introduce lentils in their diet too.

    Do let me know if there are any other seeds good for them that I can include in their feed. Something high in calcium especially. :)
     
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    You must be located somewhere out in the boonies? I don't know what goes into a good home made recipe. You can search this site. The seeds you are using are just too fat in my opinion.

    An older book I have list this as a grower ration, I don't know if it's correct or not as I'm not a feed expert.

    20 pounds yellow corn meal
    20 pounds wheat bran
    20 pounds pulverized oats
    10 pounds fish meal
    10 pounds alfalfa meal
    2 pounds oyster shell meal
    1 pound cod liver oil
    1 pound salt

    It is definitely a different mix than you are feeding, but it's more in line with what's in a ration.
     
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  5. MissChick@dee

    MissChick@dee Crowing

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    Protein???
     
  6. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    What country are you in? If in the US, which state? Maybe we can find some good feed that you can get hold of.
     
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  7. Tanya22

    Tanya22 Chirping

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    I feed both my girls 1 scrambled egg each, on a daily basis for protein.
     
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  8. Tanya22

    Tanya22 Chirping

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    I live in India. I spoke with the poultry farm people over here but they don't give feed due to their policies. I have been reading up on recipes and am trying to get all the ingredients to give my girls a balanced diet. I have also started giving them vegetables daily.
     
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    This sounds good! I will try to find these ingredients near me. ALso, I am going to grind some egg shells today to give my girls because soon they will get to the laying stage and I don't want them to be short on calcium.
     
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  10. EggWalrus

    EggWalrus Crowing

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    I wouldn't know where to begin in India to find feed or feed ingredients. So sorry I can not help, but someone here should have a good recipe. Do your birds get to forage and free range?
     

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