Feeding baby chicks laying mash

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by buckbuster15, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. buckbuster15

    buckbuster15 Out Of The Brooder

    11
    0
    22
    Jan 25, 2013
    I just hatched some eggs and do not
    Have any chic starter is it ok to feed them some laying mash I have
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

    703
    55
    138
    Mar 10, 2013
    SHERIDAN IL
    NO! The calcium is too much for their kidneys.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,713
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    If they just hatched they don't actually need to eat for a couple of days, they are still absorbing their yolk, so you have time to go get chick food. That is why just hatched chicks can be shipped across country. If you have eggs, you could scramble or hardboil some eggs and feed them mashed egg yolk. I would never feed chicks Layer if I could avoid it because the extra calcium is bad for their kidneys.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    5,381
    132
    303
    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    If it will only be a two or three days the layer mash won't hurt them. But it is low in protein for their needs, and has a vitamin/mineral formulation (including the extra calcium) for laying age birds rather than chicks so as soon as you can get them some proper chick starter.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    16,264
    772
    406
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I agree with the other posters, get them some starter or starter/grower as soon as you can.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by