crumbles are too big?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jennyhaschicks, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    I meant to get mash for my silkies who are a couple days old and my buff orps who are almost a week old. I got them from another member on here today.
    I usually get the mash for the new babies, but for some reason I got crumbles. The crumbles appear to be way too large for the silkies.
    Are they going to be able to eat the crumbles or should I go get the mash asap? They have been in my brooder for about 2 hours and don't appear to be eating. All my other just hatched chicks ate immediately after I put them in their brooder.

  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    (newbie question) Is it possible to add water or juice and make a 'mash' of the crumbles?
  3. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Quote:I thought about adding water. I didn't know if it would just be better to go get some mash?
    Beats me. [​IMG][​IMG]
  4. shareneh

    shareneh In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2008
    North Dakota
    If you have a coffe grinder you can grind them smaller.

  5. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Quote:Good suggestion! I don't have a coffee grinder though.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I've always just given crumbles to the silkies. Mine just dig to the bottom of the dish to get the small pices till they are old enough to get large ones. I find chicks/chickens can eat things comfortably up to about the size of their eyes. Grapes and berries are the exception though, as they will choke those things down as long as it fits between their beaks. [​IMG]

    You an always take a strainer or sifter and sift though the crumbles to get the powder out.

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