Feed for broody with chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EmAbTo48, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    I am going to the store to get the chick starter today since my broody has hatched 2 chicks today. I am wondering can she eat the starter feed while they are inside the dog crate till they will be moved to the big pen????? Or does she need her own feed in the kennel also? If she does how to I get the chicks to not eat her feed, but there own?!


  2. Eggs-quisite Eggs-cursion

    Eggs-quisite Eggs-cursion In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2011
    This may not apply to you at all since I don't know your set up. But what I do is keep mom and baby in a small ark with access to fress growing grass. Both mom and babies are fed chick starter without any medication. I move the ark to fresh grass every couple of days.

    After two - four weeks, I let them out to free range, with the small ark being their home. When the mom is ready, she will move the chicks in with the free ranging flock (usually 8-12 weeks).

    With the above system, we haven't had an coccidiosis problems, which is what the medicated feed is trying to prevent.
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I think she should be able to eat chick starter for a short time. I don't believe there is anyway to get one to not eat the others food. Is there flock raiser available in your area?
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    My mama has access to the laying pellets the other chickens eat. But I feed the chicks separately. That is away from the all the others. Still mama wants to eat the starter feed. She gets the layer feed but goes after the starter like she's starving. So I let her eat what she wants. I've decided to let mother nature take her course with mine. I can promise you she know more about chickens than I do. [​IMG]

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