emergency chick feed - waddya think?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by earthnut, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    So I was unable to get starter feed for my chicks in time (still have yet to get it - plan to get it tomorrow). After 3 40-mile round trips to the feed store, they tell me they don't carry it at this time of year. :mad: First they gave me layer feed, then they were closed early, then they tell me... At least I returned the layer feed.

    I think I read somewhere that hard boiled eggs worked as an emergency feed, and that to mix feed with some scratch to prevent pasty butt. So since one of the chicks had pasty butt, I mixed some hard boiled egg yolks with ground corn and oats. They seem to love it!

    What have others used in a pinch? Also, if for some reason I can't get starter feed locally, I was thinking of getting developer and adding some dried milk to it to up the protein. Think that would work?

    Here's a pic of the brooder with the egg yolk feed:
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2007
  2. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    we always used oatmeal dry just crumble it up real fine,and i even used some corn meal,dont know it was bad for them but it didnt seem to hurt them any
  3. lyndatu

    lyndatu Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Oh, I didn't know you can make your own feed! Thanks for the idea! I think it's great! Your chicks like it! I also read something about using canola seeds, although I can't remember much........

    Good feed! [​IMG]
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Walmart now carries small bags of medicated chick starter. Mine has it on the top shelp with the livestock items in the pet dept. Ours just started to carry it about a month ago. They also started carrying some meds too.
  5. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    You'd think the Wal-Mart in this area would do that but it doesn't.

    I've used ground up catfood (I know there are people of other opinions), it was just for a night and I had been adding grit sand (sold at Wal-Mart with the bird supplies) to their food. If you can grind up some black-oil sunflower seeds that will help add some additional protien to the food.
  6. crysmom

    crysmom Songster

    Sep 24, 2007
    My Grandma is pretty old school and just uses egg yolks and ground up oatmeal and corn for her chicks

    but also these are chicks that free range and are outside so I'm sure they are eating insects really early and have mama hen to help them
  7. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    Quote:that's so cool. it's hard to find information about how people did these things before incubators and store feed, and I'm so psyched that she did just what I'm doing! (at least feed-wise...)

    And, unfortunately, the closest Wal-Mart is about the same distance from me as the feed store, and I doubt they'd have it anyway. One sucky thing about being in a large city.

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