Can momma hen eat chick food?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Atrayu, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Atrayu

    Atrayu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some fertilized eggs under one of my broody hens that are scheduled to hatch on Monday. I have moved her to the brooder, with her own source of feed and water, but I realized that once the chicks hatch, that I have medicated chick food for them. Is it safe for her to eat that? and if not, any suggestions on how to separate her food from the chick feed?
    I appreciate any advice that any of you may have regarding this.
    Mark
     
  2. Atrayu

    Atrayu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW- this is my first hatching experience and am excited about the cool experience in the cycle of life.
     
  3. Jake1297

    Jake1297 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't quote me on this, but from what I have read I understand they can eat the food, just don't (you) eat any of her eggs while she is eating the medicated. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  4. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    ive always feed my chickens medicated feed left over from the chicks and ive Always ate the eggs. i dnt think its bad
     
  5. Atrayu

    Atrayu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Jake!
    She hasn't been laying eggs while brooding, but I will make sure we won't eat them after she starts laying again.
     
  6. Atrayu

    Atrayu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Stephanie. It is good to hear everyone's experiences.
     
  7. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    ya lol i dnt know if its bad. but nothing happend to my birds or me. soo i dont think its bad.
     

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