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Chicks not growing

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Vamvakas, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Vamvakas

    Vamvakas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 23 chicks and they were born in mid october. At first they grew fast but now there almost 4 months old but they look like the same size as they were at 2 months old... I feed them cracked corn and I think that's why there not growing fast.. The spacing is pretty big they have alot of room to run around.

    What can I feed them? Can I feed them plain greek yogurt for protien?
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Are they on chick starter too? One way to in courage them to eat more is to make a mash of there food by adding warm water. Chicks often don't grow as fast in winter months due to shorter days so they eat less. You can also give them can cat food for added protein.
     
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  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could be bantams without you knowing. Proteins could be others like eggs scrambled and hard boiled. Flax seed, BOSS (black oiled sunflower seed, linseed, nuts are wonderful protein. Here is a great list of things posted from the site about good foods to feed. They will not like all but you need to chop them up and offer them to the girls in different ways like mixed with yogurt, cottage cheese. MEDICATED CHICK FEED FOR A GOOD START
    Best of luck
    Food Treat Chart From the BYC

    Treat

    Type

    General Opinions
    Apples

    Raw and applesauce

    Apple seeds contain cyanide, but not in sufficient quantities to kill.


    Asparagus

    Raw or cooked

    Okay to feed, but not a favorite.
    Bananas

    Without the peel

    High in potassium, a good treat.
    Beans

    Well-cooked only, never dry

    Also, greenbeans.
    Beets

    Greens also.

    .
    Berries

    All kinds

    A treat, especially strawberries.
    Breads

    All kinds - good use for stale bread or rolls

    Feed starches in moderation.
    Broccoli & Cauliflower

    .

    Tuck into a suet cage and they will pick at it all day.
    Cabbage & Brussels Sprouts

    Whole head -

    Hang a whole cabbage from their coop ceiling in winter so they have something to play with and greens to eat.
    Carrots

    Raw and cooked

    They like carrot foliage too.
    Catfood * (see bottom of page)

    Wet and dry

    Feed in strict moderation, perhaps only during moulting * (see bottom of page)
    Cereal

    Cheerios, etc.

    Avoid highly sugared cereal such as Cocopuffs, etc.
    Cheese

    Including cottage cheese

    Feed in moderation, fatty but a good source of protein and calcium
    Cooked Chicken

    .

    They may like it and it won’t kill them, but it just seems so….. ummm………… wrong.
    Corn

    On cob and canned, raw and cooked

    .
    Crickets (alive)

    Can be bought at bait or pet-supply stores.

    Great treat – provides protein and it’s fun to watch the chickens catch them.
    Cucumbers





    Let mature for yummy seeds and flesh.
    Eggs

    Hardcooked and scrambled are a good source of protein, and a favorite treat.

    Feed cooked eggs only because you don’t want your chickens to start eating their own raw eggs.
    Eggplant

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    Fish / Seafood

    Cooked only.



    Flowers

    Make sure they haven't been treated with pesticides, such as florist flowers might be.

    Marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, etc.
    Fruit

    Pears, peaches, cherries, apples



    Grains

    Bulgar, flax, niger, wheatberries,etc.

    .
    Grapes

    Seedless only.
    For chicks, cutting them in half makes it easier for them to swallow.

    Great fun - the cause of many entertaining "chicken keepaway" games.
    Grits

    Cooked



    "Leftovers"

    Only feed your chickens that which is still considered edible by humans, don't feed anything spoiled, moldy, oily, salty or unidentifiable.



    Lettuce / Kale

    Any leafy greens, spinach collards, chickweed included.

    A big treat, depending on how much other greenery they have access to.
    Mealworms
    (see photo after the chart)

    Available at pet supply stores or on the internet, although shipping is expensive!

    A huge(!) favorite treat, probably the most foolproof treat on the books.
    Meat scraps of any kind.

    Not too fatty.

    In moderation, a good source of protein
    Melon

    Cantelope, etc.

    Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.
    Oatmeal

    Raw or cooked

    Cooked is nutritionally better.
    Pasta / Macaroni

    Cooked spaghetti, etc.

    A favorite treat, fun to watch them eat it, but not much nutrition.
    Peas

    Peas and pea tendrils and flowers (thanks to YayChick for the advice)

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    Peppers (bell)

    .

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    Pomegranates

    Raw

    Seeds are a big treat.
    Popcorn

    Popped, no butter, no salt.



    Potatos / Sweet Potatos/Yams

    Cooked only - avoid green parts of peels!

    Starchy, not much nutrition
    Pumpkins / Winter Squash

    Raw or cooked

    Both seeds and flesh are a nutritious treat.
    Raisins


    .


    Rice

    Cooked only

    Pilaf mixes are okay too, plain white rice has little nutrition.
    Scratch

    Scratch is cracked corn with grains (such as wheat, oats and rye) mixed in.

    Scratch is a treat for cold weather, not a complete feed. Toss it on the ground and let them scratch for it for something to do.
    Sprouts

    Wheat and oat sprouts are great!

    Good for greens in mid-winter.
    Summer Squash

    Yellow squash and zucchini

    Yellow squash not a huge favorite, but okay to feed.
    Sunflower Seeds

    Sunflower seeds with the shell still on is fine to feed, as well as with the shell off.

    A good treat, helps hens lay eggs and grow healthy feathers.
    Tomatos

    Raw and cooked.



    Turnips

    Cooked.

    Not a huge favorite
    Watermelon

    Served cold, it can keep chickens cool and hydrated during hot summers.

    Seeds and flesh are both okay to feed.
    Yogurt

    Plain or flavored

    A big favorite and good for their digestive systems. Plain is better.
    The most favorite chicken treat of all – mealworms
     
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Less expensive than yogurt is chicken feed. Get a grower ration and feed them something besides corn.
     

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