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chicks on layer food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Suzilla Bean, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. Suzilla Bean

    Suzilla Bean Out Of The Brooder

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    As incredible as it may seem, my area of town ran out of chick starter crumble. I called all the pet stores around me and none of them carried the brand that I originally fed the chicks. I even called the distributor. I tried switching the girls to mash, but they refused to eat it. In fact there wasn't any poop for 2 days. I added water to their mash. I mixed in lactose free yogurt into it and they refused to eat. One of them ran towards me and yelled--what I believe to be chicken obscenities-- at me. I bought layer feed that looked most like the crumble that I had initially fed them. And the next morning there was the biggest pile of poop on the planet! [​IMG]

    I know that I have to change their food back to the chick starter, but I'm concerned that the girls are going to refuse to eat again. Can I safely assume that mixing the chick starter with the current feed would ease them back into eating the chick starter?
     
  2. twisted weaver

    twisted weaver Out Of The Brooder

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    After one helpful son of mine offered to pick up starter but got layer by mistake - I mixed the two which actually helped them adjust. So yeah, mix em. Can't believe your store ran out of starter...maybe some large farmer picked them clean.
     

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