- May 3, 2020
I just got 6 D’uccle chicks today that are 4 days old. I have no experience. I got them from a local breeder that also shows them. He’s an old timer that’s been doing this all his life so I felt pretty confident in most of his advice. But one thing he said went against what I’ve read so I’m confused. He said that he discovered giving his young chicks starter feed “burned their stomachs” and he lost a lot of chicks that way. So he gives cracked corn or scratch for the first 10 days and then switches to starter feed. He gave me a container of cracked corn to feed them. I don’t usually like going against breeders but I’m just not sure about this. Has anyone else ever heard that about chicks or specifically D’uccles or other bantams? My husband suggested I mix some of the feed in with the cracked corn so if there’s anything to it, they would have diluted feed. Any ideas? Thanks.