Feeding chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cindy57, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. cindy57

    cindy57 Out Of The Brooder

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    As I posted earlier I got some new chicks. They already have feathers. My question is that they were out of chick starter so can i feed them layer pellets till i can get the starter? I didn't figure it would hurt them since they are older. Do i really need starter?
    thanks for any advice
    cindy
     
  2. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From all I have read and researched layer feed should only be fed to chickens that are actually laying or very near that point. So it depends on how old your chicks are. I understand that the added calcium in that feed and the lower protein content is not good for older chicks, they need a grower feed.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Won't hurt for a few days, but go shopping soon. I'd keep them on 18% starter/grower until 18 weeks. They simply don't need the high calcium and rather low protein of layer.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011
  4. cindy57

    cindy57 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info. Hopefully they will have some more chick starter when I go to work on Wed. If not I'll go to the feed store and pick it up.
     

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