Feeding day olds, I got the wrong food!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sfisher, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    My peeps will be here tomorow, so I was getting the brooder ready. I opened the brown paper bag of feed that I got from me feed store, and found starter crumbs instead of mash!! So I figured I'd run it through the food processer. It wont grind up 100% I still have a few crumbs left.

    Should I try to add some grit to the mixture?

    I'll I have is some some sandbox sand, if I need grit could I use that?

    I cant make it back to the feed store till next week.

  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Starter crumbles is what I use on ALL of my babies. I dont like the mash...because of the waste. They will be just fine....no need to puree it. Congrats on your new babies!!
  3. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    Thanks Deb, do you use any type of grit?
  4. Varisha

    Varisha Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    My understanding is that it contains a bit a grit in the feed.

    I feed mine the crumbles and don't use grit. [​IMG]

  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Yep! Commercial feeds have everything they need as young 'uns!
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Unless someone is labling something differently or I grew up being taught the wrong thing feed comes in crumbles and pellets. Mash is what you get when you add liquid - to make a warm feed 'mash'.

    Do you mean you wanted pellets and got crumbles instead?

    Commercial feed has grit in it. You don't need extra.
  7. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    Wouldn't there be less waste in a mash? Can you add water to the crumbles and turn it into an oatmeal type?

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Problem with mash is that you have to clean it out and throw away left overs before it molds over whihc would be very bad.

    If you have crumbles, no problems. That's all I use for baby chicks, even the little banties. They don't need grit if they are only eating their chick feed.
  9. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    That food should be fine, I have bought it and put it in a bag and rolled it with the rolling pin.

    Its the smaller breeds of chickens that have a hard time eating crumbles but in a week or two they they manage just fine

    you don't need grit for newly hatched babies

  10. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    I only use crumbles as it is much less waste than mash. It is still small enough for the tiny chicks but big enough to carry them through as tey get older. The chicks will soon eat all the larger fragments and leave the powder behind, i.e "the mash" portion. Actually, the sooner I can get them on a pellet the better. That is where you really save on the waste.


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