First timer with feeding chick questions.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Stedman, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Stedman

    Stedman Out Of The Brooder

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    My first batch of chicks are coming in a few weeks. I ordered the grogel and vitapak. Should I use both of them and for how long ?
     
  2. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    I THINK those items are for getting them to you safely. Have some chick starter crumbles available before you receive the chicks. Hope this helps....
     
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    From my understanding the gro gel should be given as soon as you get them home. It gives them a nutrition and hydration boost. That and some bright green dye.
    You should also have quality chick starter available right away.

    The vitapak is an additive for the water. I have read that a bit of molasses is a good alternative.

    I have never used either. I use a quarter teaspoon of good ole Apple Cider Vinegar in a quart of water and a high quality chick starter.
     
  4. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are a week and a half old. What about deworming or any other things like that that should be done? Is there anything I should do for them and at what age?
     
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I do not think they are old enough/exposed enough to have worms at this age.

    I only worm hens above a year old and only if there are signs like worms in the droppings or weight loss.

    I think the best we can do is provide them with good food, clean water and bedding and a warm place to be.

    The feed stores here are having high losses too. Not sure if it is from a rough trip or from genetic issues.
     
  6. 13Bettys

    13Bettys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thank you!
    I'm a first timer and I don't want to miss any crucial steps in raising healthy chickens.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I feed my Chicks medicated starter and do not introduce any other types of snacks or scratch till three weeks old....I feed the medicated starter till they are 8 weeks and then put them on Grower.....I only give my Birds a treat or scratch once a week with a couple of hours of free range when 8 weeks and older....


    Best wishes......:)


    Cheers!
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2017

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