Chick Food

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by iluvpeeps, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens eggs just hatched and I don't know what I should do about food. Will she feed the chick or do I have to do something?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Make sure that your feeder and waterer is chick friendly. You might want to put some rocks in the waterer lip if it is deep to prevent drowning. She will drop some feed for the chick but it is best if the chick can reach the feed, too. You can put a little feeder near the nest box if necessary but the other chickens might take it.

    What I like to do is use bricks as steps up to the feeder/waterer for the chicks (and concrete blocks next to the bricks), but be very careful of drowning potential.
     
  3. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thank you but I have adult chicken food in the feeder. Is that ok or should I change it?
     
  4. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok that the feeder has adult chicken food in it?
     
  5. phoenix912

    phoenix912 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to get chick starter food. Adult food doesn't have enough protein. Also layer food has to much calcium. Fair warning the big chickens will eat the chick food if they can get to it.
     
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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    I like unmedicated organic chick starter. Give oyster shells on the side for your layers.

    If you like medicated chick starter then you would have to make a decision on whether you want that in your eggs (assuming your layers can get to the feed).
     
  7. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys
     

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