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Chick Feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by The Chickens' Maid, May 6, 2009.

  1. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Hi! I'm new here.
    We've just started letting our silkie hatch out some eggs. But, just so we're prepared, I was wondering what exactly to feed chicks. I know there is feed that you can buy, but is there a feed that is safe for them that I can make?

  2. firedove

    firedove Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    Baby chicks need a delicate balance of nutrients so all I've ever heard is that the stuff you buy is best. The real trick that I want to know is how do you keep the big girls from eating all the chick food? Your mama hen will take the babies out after a few days and start introducing them to bugs and greens too.
  3. chickenfever

    chickenfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    It wouldn't hurt to switch mama to chick starter too while she raises the little ones.
  4. The Chickens' Maid

    The Chickens' Maid Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Thanks for the replies! They've really been helpful!
  5. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I use chick starter for chicks, the moma eats it too. I take them out an hr a so a day for free range. They LOVE bugs. I also give them some cornbread crumbs all along and veggies. They LOVE tomatoes too.
    Last edited: May 8, 2009

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