Can I feed my chicks Black Sesame Seeds?

Tanya22

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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.
 

Tanya22

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

Tanya22

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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.
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.
 

Tanya22

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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.

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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