Feed for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pipers chicks, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Pipers chicks

    Pipers chicks In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2018
    I was wondering if little chicks can eat layer crumbles? What is the difference between starter/grower and layer? Thanks
  2. Celeste Cannon

    Celeste Cannon Songster

    Jan 15, 2018
    Los Angeles, California
    No they cannot eat layer crumbles, it is too many vitamins for them. The difference between the feeds is how much protein and vitamins are in them, layer has the most because it gives the hen everything it needs to lay, but if fed to a baby chick it could cause blockage in their system.
  3. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Crowing

    Jan 29, 2019
    Newberry, Indiana
    Use chick starter. The layer feed is only for laying birds because the calcium can cause issues in other birds.
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  4. Right. If it was not for the high calcium, there would be no problem feeding layer to a chick.
  5. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

    Jun 9, 2017
    NW Missouri
    Do not feed your chick layer feed. It could cause problems. Feed chick starter until around 8 weeks, then switch to grower, then when they start laying, you can switch to layer.
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I always feed a medicated Chick starter till around 6 weeks and then switch to Grower/Finisher and that's what all my Birds eat their entire lives. For layers I provide oyster shell in a separate dish.
  7. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    I feed a Medicated Start & Grow 18% to day old chicks through 10 weeks. When bag runs out, I switch to a Non-Medicated Starter-Grower 18% or a Flock Raiser Crumbles 20%. Whichever is Fresher or available when I'm at TSC.
    I continue to feed either of them after they start to lay. I offer Oyster Shells in a separate container after 16 weeks.
    The reason I don't feed a 16% layers feed is my first Flock of Golden Comets feather picked when I switched. After 3 bags and Pinless Peepers I switched back to a 18% feed.
    I have three 34 months old hens and seven 25 weeks old pullets. All but one hen is laying.
    I got my first 9 egg day last Saturday. 20190211_095028.jpg . I collected 47 eggs last week. GC
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  8. Dusty Chism

    Dusty Chism In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2019
    My 20 chicks will arrive on the 20th. They will be inoculated at the hatchery before shipping. Do I still need to feed medicated chick started.
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    If given coccidiosis vaccine then no.
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  10. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    If they are inoculated for Coccidiosis, feeding a Medicated Start & Grow will render the vaccine ineffective, from what I have read. GC
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