feeding milk replacer to chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mtngrl812, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Has anyone heard of feeding milk replacer to chicks as a supplement? I worked for an old fella at a feed store in TX and he would occasionally go around and give the chicks some milk replacer and said it helped with them growing. Has anyone else done this? [​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Never heard of it. [​IMG]
  3. OHGrandma

    OHGrandma Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2011
    It used to be that all the milk replacers were similar, made from milk and not medicated. Feeding that wouldn't be any different than giving chicks fresh milk, soured milk, cottage cheese, or yogurt. I haven't researched the medication in most calf milk replacers now, so I don't know if they would be harmful to chicks. I certainly would not give the replacer to the chicks until I researched that.
  4. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Quote:you can buy unmedicated milk replacer. it is cheaper than the medicated. I don't think the medicated would hurt the chicks though because my chickens used to always drink the leftover milk after feeding the bottle calves. they loved it!

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