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Getting 4 chicks tomorrow...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SSTupperware, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. I am going to get 4 chicks on the way back from Melbourne since I pass a store that has some nice lookin ones and seem in the know... but in case what type of feed and how much should I get. I read Medicated, not medicated, and this and that, I know it ain't that hard, but if a few dollars make a difference then so be it. I am gettin excited, wife is still kinda on the fence... but who dosent like any warm and fuzzy?...
     
  2. DryCreekFarm

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    I usually feed mine non medicated feed, but that's due to the philosophy we carry of "if it's not healthy enough to live without medication, it's not healthy enough for our flock". In the beginning you want a 10-20% protein feed. Anything higher is usually reserved for meat birds, but it won't hurt if the food has a higher amount of protein. Around 18 weeks, you can start feeding layer feed which is about 15% protein and high calcium. Also add a bit of oyster shell in there to supplement the calcium intake if you like. We also throw in a handful of flax seed for Omega 3s. Have fun with your chickens! [​IMG]
     
  3. Thanks, today is the day...
     

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