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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken2004, Feb 20, 2014.
What feed is best for new chicks?Also can you buy it from tractor supply?
I just got my first batch of chicks as well. After reading some "beginning books" on the subject, I decided on 22% protein crumbles. I'm sure Tractor Supply will have something in the 22-24% protein range in crumble form. But if you have a local feed store it will likely be a bit cheaper there.
Good luck with yours. I'm really excited about mine and looking forward to eating eggs from the henhouse around August!!
I got the medicated crumbles, hope that works good!
just be sure to continue this feed for three weeks after they are moved to their outdoor coop. (At least that's what I've been instructed to do since I couldn't find any non-medicated feed and didn't know you could use flock raiser which leads me to...
You can feed flock raiser or all flock, or you can buy starter feed. With the flock formulas, they can stay on this for life with oyster shell added on the side for laying hens once they begin laying. This is what I plan on doing since I plan on having other types if birds.
Yes,medicated crumbles is perfect. Guideline for feeding at different ages is: 1-8 weeks - chick starter(medicated or non-medicated) 8-18 weeks - grower/developer,18 weeks and up - layer
Note: I do not use layer as i have several roosters,mine stay on developer crumbles with oyster shells/crushed egg shells on the side. All flock is another choice.
Note:chicks on medicated feed can still have a overload/outbreak of Coccidiosis,do not be fooled into thinking they are safe.
So they need to be weened off the medicated stuff once outside?
You can feed them medicated or non medicated chick starter all they way up until around 18 weeks old or point of lay. You can also switch to an all flock or grower type feed at around 8 weeks. Doesn't really matter. Like ten chicks said, don't get too caught up in the medicated feed hype. It's fine to feed it of course, just don't think that your chicks cannot come down with a case of coccidiosis if they are on medicated feed. They can and often do, you just have to keep a close eye on them regardless what they are eating. It's a very, very good idea to keep Corid on hand whenever you are raising chicks so that you can treat asap if you see symptoms.
Appreciate the advice, gonna go read up on coccidiosis now
You can also feed boiled or scrambled eggs to chicks.
seems a little canibalistic jaded! lol