Feeding question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LindseyC, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. LindseyC

    LindseyC Songster

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    I made mash from starter feed and water for the chicks and they love it. They also always have access to dry food as well. They eat from both and I remake a fresh batch every morning. I am just wondering if that is ok, or if they can eat too much mash?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    That's fine. They won't eat too much chicken feed.
    Your feed is likely crumbles and not mash. Mash is more of a powder.
    If the feed is made by a local mill, it may be mash. If it comes out of a bag from a major feed company, it is probably crumbles.
     
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  3. LindseyC

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    Yes, it is crumbles but get's pretty mushy when I add warm water. So, it's ok to have that available for them every day?
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Absolutely! In fact it's a great way to assure hydration. I regularly give my brooder babies soaked feed.
     
  5. LindseyC

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    Great! Thank you!
     
  6. rebrascora

    rebrascora Free Ranging

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    Yes, a wet mash in fine and helps prevent them from getting dehydrated which can happen in a brooder. Many of us actually ferment feed.... ie soak their dry feed in water in a loosely covered bucket for a few days, stirring daily until it gets a bubbly texture and feed our chickens that. It has probiotic benefits and is fine for chicks too.
     
  7. lazy gardener

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    What rebra said. There is a FAQ article in my signature about the how and why of fermented feed.
     
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