Can my hen eat chick starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Silkie Chicken, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    I am keeping my silkie hen in with some of my chicks so she can keep them warm at night and teach them stuff. i have her in a building with them and only chick starter is it ok if she eats it or can it hurt her if i need to put chicken feed in the building for her will the chicks eat that or will that hurt them[​IMG]
     
  2. amberflea

    amberflea Songster

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    I let mine eat chick starter when they brood the babies themselves in a separate area. It's never been a problem for me.
     
  3. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    ok and my hen with them is a silkie and do u think it will even help to have her in with the chicks the chicks are 4 weeks the hen is not there mom but i thought maybe she will teach them stuff and keep them warm at night having the hen in there will that even help
     
  4. terryg

    terryg Songster

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    A hen can eat chick starter, but a chick shouldn't eat laying hen feed. Laying hen feed has too much calcium and not enough protein for chicks. Chick feed isn't perfect for a hen -not enough calcium and too much protein - but for a short time it won't hurt her.
     
  5. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    do u think it will even help with the hen being with the chicks the are 4 weeks old and i thought the hen could teach the chicks stuff and keep them warm do u think i even need her with them she is not the mom of the chicks.
     
  6. SarahYoungner

    SarahYoungner In the Brooder

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    I have two Rode Island Reds that are already laying, and I have them in a pin with nine younger chicks, (4-7 weeks old). I want my Rode Island Reds to keep producing eggs normally but don't know what to do about food. They need laying pellets, right? But that's not good for the younger chickens. HELP!!!
     
  7. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    IDK sorry [​IMG]
     
  8. chefchick

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    I have a mixed age flock right now. Everyone is eating the chick food, and I have a little feeder full of oyster shell out for them, too. the hens eat it, and the babies ignore it.
     

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