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

Lisa202

Songster
9 Years
Aug 20, 2010
718
13
133
Long Island NY
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?
jumpy.gif


65913_chickens_019.jpg
 
Last edited:

Sorin

Songster
9 Years
Jul 15, 2010
578
5
121
Glenfield, ny
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!
thumbsup.gif
 

Sorin

Songster
9 Years
Jul 15, 2010
578
5
121
Glenfield, ny
Sorry I misunderstood something! I would not feed grower, I think the chick starter is best. It has the right amount of protien!
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
699
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
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.
 

gmendoza

Songster
9 Years
Mar 23, 2010
2,341
44
204
Rock Hill,SC
First grab a handfull and taste it to see if its still good.
lau.gif


J/K. Smell it and check to see if its past its expiration date.If it seems good,use it,but side with caution.
idunno.gif
 

ARose4Heaven

Songster
10 Years
Apr 16, 2009
1,082
270
241
Flippin, AR
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.
 

Lisa202

Songster
9 Years
Aug 20, 2010
718
13
133
Long Island NY
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
wink.png
to make sure it's good.
 
Last edited:

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
699
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
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
wink.png
to make sure it's good.

So, what does chicken feed taste like?
hide.gif
 

MANNA-PRO

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom