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DAY OLD CHICKS-NO CHICK STARTER-HELP!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tonkatuff, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. tonkatuff

    tonkatuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks came early & I only have layer pellets...I am running out to the feed store but is there ANYTHING I can give them until then?
     
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:If you are going to get feed today (within the next few hours) I wouldn't sweat it, just put some water in there for them and go get feed - they won't perish before ya get back.

    meri
     
  3. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oatmeal. Not the instant kind though. Just plain old Quaker Rolled Oats.
     
  4. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How far is it to the feed store? They should be just fine until you get back, unless the store is 2 days away. Chicks will be fine for 2 or 3 days.
     
  5. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep - put the water in their brooder, dip their beaks to accustom them to the water and get them drinking and they will be just fine without food for even another day.

    You're good - stop panicking now [​IMG]
     
  6. buckeye chickens

    buckeye chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    a boiled egg mashed up will work .
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    scrambled eggs should keep them happy until you get chick starter
     
  8. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. tonkatuff

    tonkatuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     

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