Can tiny chicks eat an "All Flock" feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CrazedCowgirl, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. CrazedCowgirl

    CrazedCowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still new to chickens and my husband just ordered me 10 new chicks that will be delivered next week. I currently have 5 hens all on Nutrena's Feather Fixer but I throw a handful or two of All Flock out in the yard since I also have a couple ducks.

    Question: Will I need to buy chick starter again or can I feed them my All Flock?

    I think my husband is getting a little tired of all the chicken feed taking up room in my garage. LOL Between the chicken feed and dog food, we have 5-50 gal garbage cans in the garage that all hold feed or scratch.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    All Flock is normally 20% protein with calcium somewhere around 1%, very similar to Chick Starter. Nutritionally it will be fine. If it is in pellet form you might need to crush it to get it to a size they can eat it. A food processor or blender work fine to reduce the size but it might scratch the plastic tub.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I feed Flock Raiser to all my birds, with extra calcium on the side. It's crumble, and fine for all your chickens of any age. EXCEPT if you need to feed your young chicks a medicated chick starter for eight weeks or so to manage coccidiosis. Some places will have a big problem with chick illness/ deaths without amprolium in the chick starter, other places won't. When in doubt, it's safest to give the babies the medicated feed. Mary
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    You might need to buzz it through a blender for the first week or so, then they should handle the crumble flock raiser just fine.
     
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    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I have little Belgian d'Uccle chicks every year, both broody and brooder raised, and they handle the Flock Raiser from day one. No idea about Serama chicks, though. One year I weighed some three day old Belgian d'Uccle chicks; 2 grams each! Mary
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi. [​IMG]

    I'm with everybody here, feed the all flock. Crush a little if you want. To me shipped chicks have a harder time. I would also feed them a boiled smashed egg right away as well as offer electrolytes to help with a speedy recovery.

    Feather Fixer is a gimmick, basically it has 2% more protein than Layer, which DOES support feather growth. I suggest feeding all of your birds flock raiser or All Flock with OS on the side. I use Purina Flock Raiser crumbles and all genders and ages seem well. [​IMG]

    Congrats on your feather babies! [​IMG]
     
  7. CrazedCowgirl

    CrazedCowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered amerucana and large standard surprise chicks today and I feed All Flock crumbles so I think I'll buy a small bag of chick starter to get them going and then mix 50/50 afterwards. Thanks everyone!!
     
  8. kconley

    kconley Just Hatched

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    I've heard that offering some yogurt can help new chicks, especially shipped ones, if they look lethargic. The probiotics are good for them.

    Your chicks will grow with the all-flock, but the starter has higher protein levels which help promote faster and larger growth.
     
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Chickens have a hard time digesting lactose, so I'd avoid the yogurt. (I wonder if the whey has lactose in it? I'm guessing not, so that would be a better option.) But that's just me. In lieu of yogurt, you can ferment the chick feed. That gives it a load of probiotics, and makes it easier to digest. Breaks down the "antinutrients" in the grains so they are easier to absorb. A bit of sugar in the water, or home made electrolytes are helpful for hatching or shipping stress. Make your own lytes, save your money for Poultry Nutri-Drench. I consider that product to be a MUST HAVE when dealing with chicks. It gets them off to a super good start.

    ETA: Yep, whey is loaded with lactose.
     
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