Chick starter alternative

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nihal, May 21, 2017.

  1. nihal

    nihal Just Hatched

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    So I can't get chicken starter around here .. So I am trying to find a diy food starter or something ..
    My chick is 4 weeks and couple of days old .. I've been feeding it mostly corn (raw smashed ) I feed it egg whites (lately it started eating egg yolks too ) cooked rice yougert wet bread ....
    I think my chick is doing fine ... But I want it to be healthy and strong ...
    So what should I do ..
    (Ordering food online isn't an option sadly)
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Chick starter can also be called grower in some areas.
    Do you have grower available to purchase? Or are you suggesting you would prefer to "make" your own feed all together?

    A diet of mostly corn will not provide the correct minimum nutrients for a chick to thrive.
    http://articles.extension.org/pages/68429/feeding-corn-to-poultry
     
  3. nihal

    nihal Just Hatched

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    Yeah I'd prefer to make it
     
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    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    Here is the minimum nutrient requirement needed for poultry:
    Nutrient Requirements of Growing Pullets a

    Age (wk) 0–6 6–12 12–18 18 to 1st Egg

    White-Egg Layers

    Body weight (g)b 450 980 1,375 1,475

    Protein 18 16 15 17

    Arginine 1.0 0.83 0.67 0.75

    Lysine 0.85 0.60 0.45 0.52

    Methionine 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.22

    Methionine + cystine 0.62 0.52 0.42 0.47

    Threonine 0.68 0.57 0.37 0.47

    Tryptophan 0.17 0.14 0.11 0.12

    Calcium 0.90 0.80 0.80 2.00

    Phosphorus, available 0.40 0.35 0.30 0.32

    Brown-Egg Layers

    Body weight (g)b 500 1,100 1,500 1,600

    Protein 17 15 14 16

    Arginine 0.94 0.78 0.62 0.72

    Lysine 0.80 0.56 0.42 0.49

    Methionine 0.28 0.23 0.19 0.21

    Methionine + cystine 0.59 0.49 0.39 0.44

    Threonine 0.64 0.53 0.35 0.44

    Tryptophan 0.16 0.13 0.10 0.11

    Calcium 0.90 0.80 0.80 1.8

    Phosphorus, available 0.40 0.35 0.30 0.35

    a Requirements are listed as percentages of diet. Nutrient levels should be adjusted to meet

    specific strain requirements, level of feed intake, and body weight and skeletal development.

    b Average body weight at end of each period.
     
  5. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls BYC Fan Premium Member Project Manager

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    See attached pdf
     

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  6. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi @nihal. Your improvised chick food looks good to me. I had the same problem last fall - two chicks that were two weeks old and no chick starter or grower feed available. I fed them similar things to what you did and I also gave them a bit of layer feed. With time, I increased the layer feed (I know lots of people say one shouldn't do that because it contains too much calcium for chicks.) Anyway, both those chicks are fully grown hens now and are laying eggs themselves and they seem to be perfectly healthy.
     
  7. nihal

    nihal Just Hatched

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    Thanks ^^
     
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  9. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've got 3 brand new baby chicks now that were hatched by one of my hens in the meantime. They are more than a week old now. I had a bag of millet left over and tried to give it to them - they like it, maybe because the millet grains are so small and easy to eat for them. In addition to that they get wet bread, bits of egg and layer feed, like the chicks last fall. I also gave them bits of green grass that I cut with scissors into very tiny pieces.
     
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