Can I feed starter/grower feed to a baby chick? **PIC**

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lisa202, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Lisa202

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    I bought a bag of starter/grower feed at the end of December, but then they all started laying in mid January, so I switched to layer feed and I still have the older bag leftover.

    A chick hatched on Tuesday (picture below) and I was wondering if I could feed it that starter/grower feed. It's not medicated either...do you think that matters. I raised all the others on medicated so I feel I should do the same with this one. Isn't she cuuuuttttte? [​IMG]

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  2. Sorin

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    Has the bag been opened? Even if it hasn't some people have said you should be careful about old food. I would buy a fresh bag just to be on the safe side. And yes, she is cute! [​IMG]
     
  3. Sorin

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    Sorry I misunderstood something! I would not feed grower, I think the chick starter is best. It has the right amount of protien!
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Starter/grower feed is perfect for baby chicks (not grower). Grower feed is for older ones. If yours says "starter/grower" then it is fine.

    I would feed it if it has been PERFECTLY dry and bug-free. I would smell it and inspect for clumping or any sign of bad feed.

    If it was in perfect condition (and especially since it is over the winter, not summer), then I would feed it. I have chicks right now that aren't on medicated starter/grower, and they are fine- 4 weeks old.

    Whether to use medicated starter/grower is a controversial subject. I have had coccidiosis in my flock when they were young (my other flock), and I had just removed them from the medicated feed at the time.

    But I am not having any problems currently with no medicated feed.
     
  5. spartacus_63

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    I would mix the grower with the layer and feed it to the big girlz. No sense in letting it go to waste.
     
  6. gmendoza

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    First grab a handfull and taste it to see if its still good. [​IMG]

    J/K. Smell it and check to see if its past its expiration date.If it seems good,use it,but side with caution. [​IMG]
     
  7. ARose4Heaven

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    I see a large bird in the pic...Is that chick in with it's mother? If so, let both her and the chick eat the starter/grower. The chick will get it's immunities from nibbling on mommy's poo.
     
  8. Lisa202

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    Quote:yes, that's mommy (not the real mommy, just the broody mommy...she's an EE and I gave her brahma eggs to hatch)

    But, that's sounds great that she can get the immunities from the poo (yum)

    I've had the starter/grower feed in a closed galvanized container in my kitchen since I got it, but the bag is open inside. I will check the expiration date, smell and taste it [​IMG] to make sure it's good.
     
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  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:yes, that's mommy (not the real mommy, just the broody mommy...she's an EE and I gave her brahma eggs to hatch)

    But, that's sounds great that she can get the immunities from the poo (yum)

    I've had the starter/grower feed in a closed galvanized container in my kitchen since I got it, but the bag is open inside. I will check the expiration date, smell and taste it [​IMG] to make sure it's good.

    So, what does chicken feed taste like? [​IMG]
     
  10. spartacus_63

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    So, what does chicken feed taste like? hide

    Chicken of course! [​IMG]
     

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