Chick food

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chick1043, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Hi. This is my first time hatching eggs! They should be due on the 28th. When they hatch do I get them regular chick starter or medicated chick starter? Thanks.
     
  2. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    Quote:In a way you've just opened a controversy haha. I personally use medicated. But it depends on your views. Some say non medicated because they want it to be all natural/organic or they just don't want those antibiotics to be in their bodies. Which I can understand. However I feed medicated to reduce risk of coccidiosis (sp?) That can be fatal.
     
  3. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    So how long do you feed them medicated? Usually, when I get chicks from a hatchery (or wherever) I just get them normal chick starter and when they are about 4 weeks I give them corn feed. They seem to like it more.
     
  4. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    On my breeding birds I feed starter til 16 weeks. then switch to layer pellets. On birds that I'm just keeping for fun I switch earlier because the layer pellets are cheaper. When they actually are done growing and stuff I offer corn and pellets and oyster shells. they seem to like the corn better but eating just corn by itself is not sufficient nutrients. So when they're growing and developing I make sure they get a good start.
     
  5. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    I have fat chickens! [​IMG] Well, I guess not fat but a pretty good size! lol
     
  6. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    Haha yeah most chickens will do fine with that. Its just meatys that are a whole different ball game. But when they start laying corn will not be good enough. It doesn't have enough protein or calcium that are needed for egg production. This doesn't really mean they won't lay but the condition of the birds might suffer. Chickens give up their appearance before they give up production.
     
  7. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    i wouldn't wanna get meat birds but what if you let them free range?
     
  8. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

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    Free ranging they'll get lots of protein from grass and bugs. But Not in the winter.
     

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