Chick food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mamatoes, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    4
    53
    Feb 29, 2016
    Ontario
    Do they just eat the chick food from tsc? How long do they eat that for? Do I need to feed them other things? I see a lot about electrolytes. I get my chicks next week and am sooo excited but feel a little unprepared!
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    8,408
    3,242
    436
    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Chick starter feed is good; I feed Purina, but you will want to check the manufactured by date on the feed bags, and get fresh, not older than four weeks. Several brands will be fine, so go with fresh. That's all baby chicks need! Over time, you can supply grit, and SMALL quantities of other stuff, as treats. Mary
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,345
    475
    221
    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    They'll do just fine on chick starter for the first few weeks. Electrolytes are simply minerals that are already in the chick feed so no real benefit to doubling it up. Some people like to start them with ACV added to the water for it's probiotic benefit. I go a step farther and put them on fermented feed from the start. It has eliminated pasty butt and reduced feed waste and consumption. By about 2-3 weeks, I introduce fruits and vegetables as boredom busters but keep the starter as their primary feed source.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016
  4. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    4
    53
    Feb 29, 2016
    Ontario

    What's avc? And fermented feed?? So new here! Thanks
     
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,345
    475
    221
    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Apple cider vinegar (with mother). There's a long thread on fermented feed that that talks about the hows and whys in the feed section.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by