food for chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickencutie, May 27, 2011.

  1. chickencutie

    chickencutie Out Of The Brooder

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    my chicks are almost ten weeks old. we ran out of food but figured they were old enough to switch to the adult food our hens eat a week early. (we were told chicks can eat adult food at ten weeks. it's still crumbles like the chick feed) my question is whether or not that means they also need grit right away?
     
  2. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be careful not to feed layer crumbles to young birds that are not yet laying. The extra calcium can be very bad for them. Chick feed or grower feed is best at that age in my opinion. I think it depends on what you are feeding your older birds. As to grit....I would offer it to them if they are eating food other than crumbles....and it won't hurt to offer it to them one way or the other. I think it improves their digestion even if they don't need it. Good luck.
     
  3. chickencutie

    chickencutie Out Of The Brooder

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    oh. yea it's layer crumbles... didn't realize tht was bad for them. trip to TSC 2moro! thanks:)
     

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