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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Splinty, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Splinty

    Splinty Chirping

    Jun 14, 2011
    New York
    Hi!! I need help with this question. I'm new to chicks and they are 3 weeks old. When I bought them from Chickensforbackyards.com they recommended Manna Pro Medicated Chick Starter (5lbs) so I got it for my babies. They told me that the bag would last 5 weeks. Well as you know they are 3 weeks old and I'm almost out of food. I ordered more from Amazon and it shipped on 6/30. They are telling me that it will be delivered between 7/7 & 7/12. I only have enough food left for maybe 2 days. The feed stores near me don't sell it and the only reason I was keeping them on the medicated food is because the bag says to feed it to them till they are 8 weeks old. My feed store only sells non-medicated in 50# bags. I only have 3 chicks and the lady at the store told me to put them on grower food at 6 weeks. I don't know if I should go get the grower food, feed them that till the medicated comes in and if I do that will it upset their stomachs? I'm also not sure if I should start mixing the 2 foods together to ween them off the started onto the grower like I did with my dogs and cats. Can someone please help me? I don't want to harm my chicks in any way.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011

  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Truthfully, I don't think the chicks will ever notice the difference, and it won't hurt them to switch to non-medicated feed. I run out from time to time, and have been known to grind up gamebird feed to feed to the chicks until I can get to town, and have never had any problems.
  3. imusa76

    imusa76 Chirping

    Jun 16, 2010
    Rhode Island
    They will eat anything, even styrofome coolers [​IMG].
    I don't think changing there diet will hurt them one bit, its in their nature to be scavengers, they will adjust to anything you feed them, or they feel like eaing.
  4. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    You mean this, at $5.00 a lb shipped?


    Holy smokes... You could buy 100 lbs of feed at your local feed store for what you are paying for 5 lbs. Buy the grower feed that is available at your local feed store. There is nothing special about what was recommended via mail order.
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Quote:x2! Get whatever starter or grower your local feed store has, they'll be fine! [​IMG]
  6. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Songster

    Sep 7, 2010
    X3 and if you need to feed them starter until 12 weeks to use up the feed store bag that won't harm them either.
  7. 3dogs

    3dogs Chirping

    Aug 12, 2009
    southern CA
    One of two Walmarts in my area carries the medicated Manna Pro. You might give that a try in the future, but right now I'd go with the previous advice given.

  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    GO to your local feed store and buy a bag of whatever starter they have it will not hurt them or mess their stomachs up. Since you only have 3 you will have to get you a storage container of some sort to keep the food dry and fresh.
  9. 2overeasy000

    2overeasy000 Songster

    Dec 1, 2010
    I have also used gamebird feed for 3 week old chicks. I think it has a little more protein.
  10. christineavatar

    christineavatar Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Bolinas, CA
    I found a problem with the feed in a bowl. When I started using a chick feeder with a covering that just let their heads in they stopped wasting so much of it and the second bag lasted until they were pretty much grown.

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