can I switch brands of my starter food?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lisa202, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Songster

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
    Hi all,

    I have 10 4week old bantam chicks and right now I feed them Manna Pro Medicated started crumbles. The only place I can find this is through My Pet Chicken in 5 lb bags and the shipping is more than the bag of food. Plus the fact that they are eating more and more now I have to really plan to always have food available but not too much that it goes bad.

    My local Agway has their brand medicated starter "Mash" chick food and I was wondering if I could switch the brands. And are crumbles the same as mash, and if not does that matter too? I don't know if it'll will upset their systems or not. And will buying a 50lb bag only be good for a certain amount of time before it goes bad or loses nutrients?

    Thanks as always![​IMG]

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    10 week olds can eat mash or crumbles. I'm not sure exactly what the textures are. In my local Piggly Wiggly I can buy 10 or 25 pound bags of feed.

    Feed can get old to the point of getting moldy, but you will be able to see it. I don't know how much bantams eat; never had them. I have 18 large fowl and have no trouble using 50 lbs. before it gets old, and they are free range so don't eat as much as confined birds do. If anything, I would think growing birds of that age would eat more than an adult.
  3. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    yes, you can switch. It will not hurt them.
  4. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Yeah it would be fine to switch they will never know.
  5. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Switching is a smart thing to do. They will continue to eat it just like before..and yes, they will continue to eat more and more of it, so go the best route for you....

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