Feed and Grit - Am I on the right track?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GrannySue, May 13, 2010.

  1. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chicks are 5 weeks old and have been outside with no heat for about a week. They're happy and healthy and always hungry, of course!
    I have them on 20% starter/grower mash. The label suggests that layer chicks should eat this to 6 weeks of age.
    I also give them greens in the form of thin clumps of soil with grass growing on it.

    My questions;
    1) Should I switch them to 18% starter mash or can I finish up the 20% first? At the rate they're eating that would take up to about 9 weeks.
    2) Are they getting enough grit with the soil? They tear it apart when they're pulling the grass up.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Chicks don't need grit if they have access to dirt. Finish up what you have first, then go onto the grower feed.
     
  3. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 50lb chick starter for my 6 chicks.
    I can just feed them that till gone??
     
  4. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Yes you can [​IMG]
     
  5. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good. Thanks [​IMG]
     
  6. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Oh good. Glad to hear about the grit - I figured dirt would be sufficient and they love their little grass patches that I dig up for them. As for the grower feed, I thought I might be forced to hatch some ducklings just to use it up.
    Now I have no excuse for hatching duckies this year.[​IMG]
     
  7. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    There is ALWAYS an excuse to hatch something. You just aren't looking hard enough.
     

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