Feeding chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tilly, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Tilly

    Tilly In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2008

    I currently have 8 gorgeous chicks (with mama hen) that are 3 weeks old now. They are currently only getting chick starter crumbles. I was hoping someone could help me with a few questions [​IMG]

    1. What age do I upgrade them from crumbles and start them on chick pellets?

    2. What foods can I introduce safely to them now (ie scraps, fruit etc)

    Thanks [​IMG]
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Starter up to 8 weeks
    Grower Crumbles or pellets from 8 weeks until you get your first egg
    Layer from first egg on.

    I have more chicks right now. I use starter/grower until I get my first egg then I switch the girls to layer. I personally use crumbles. I tried a small bag of pellets but they didn't seem to eat it to well, so I switched back to crumbles, but I started them on crumbles. I smashed up the pellets and mixed it with their crumbles. If I have any starter/grower left when they start laying, I mix it with the layer until it's gone. I haven't had any problems with my big girls laying. And I did the same with them. I personally use the medicated starter/grower. I don't start to give young chicks treats, etc. until they are a month. When I give them treats I give them grit in a separate bowl as free choice.

    Chickens do not have teeth. Their food goes, as is, into the crop, where it is slowly funneled into a very small " stomach" for some digestive additives--then to the Gizzard, where it is 'chewed', that is, ground into material that can be digested as it moves into the intestines and so on. The Gizzard is best able to break down whole grains and other chunky bits that they eat when full of grit. Longest lasting grit is Granite, that lasts well. All other rock and stone is so much softer, that it wears down fast and that is why granite grit is best choice, works really well for best utilization of feeds. My baby chicks are given free choice and they choose it with pleasure, baby grit is fine Granite, as soon as they are given anything besides Starter Crumbles. If you can't find any chick grit, then just smash up some regular granite or pigeon grit. Their tiny gizzards are at optimum function at an early age. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Here is the link to BYC Chicken Treat Chart. https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart
  3. Tilly

    Tilly In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2008
    Thanks so much for your reply it was exactly what I was after.
    Also the link was great, my chickens get things like watermelon, pasta, tomatoes, sunflowers,

    I never thought of yoghurt!!! Will grab some at the shops next time [​IMG] also never considered a small amount of grated cheese, broccoli or bananas! My chickens will be thanking you for this post lol

    Will leave the chicks a little longer till I try treats with them

    Cheers [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2008

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