When I was younger we stared all our chicks on rolled oats and gradually weaned them over to the home ground starter feed mix we used. The oatmeal is a good thing to know in case of an emergency such as tonkatuff has.
THANKS EVERYONE! So they were fine by the time I got back but boy were they excited about that chcik feed! These are my 1st "baby babies" as last year i bought them when they were a few weeks old already... so worried I'll lose some... they are a mixed flock and one breed(delawares) is much bossier than the others, pecking & trampling some of the others! They keep it up & they will be 4-sale!