Giving wrong feed to 12 day old Roos! What do I do now!

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Kotiya, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Kotiya

    Kotiya In the Brooder

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    This is my son's 4-H project and we trusted the TSC guy who gave us the Dumor Starter Feed of 20%. Just read that our chicks should be eating 24%. I don't know where to get it (Btwn Cincinnati and Dayton OH) or if I need to bother at this point? They are growing. One appears to have weak legs - stands to eat & drink but just sits or crawls a lot. Others are approx 10-13 oz. One teeny one is 8 oz. Please help - I'm such a newbie!
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    You do not need 24% for chickens. That is not what is causing the
    weak legs.

    Weak legs are common in chicks. If the others start experiencing
    the same thing I'd be concerned but if it's just one don't worry.


    20% and lots of water is fine. Give them a vitamin if you can find it at TSC.
    You can also use Polyvisol, a kids vitamin, that you can get at any pharmacy.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009
  3. I don't like Dumor Feeds. In my opinion it literally stinks (smellbad). The few times that I have been forced to buy it, my hens don't cotton to it very well either.

    The people at TSC said that I would love it, you don't have to fee as much as other feeds !

    Well, of course not, my hens will barely eat it. Two days on Dumor and the egg production slows by 50% or better.

    My broilers will eat it, but, I am not sure there is any thing on this earth that broilers won't at least try !

    For what it is worth, my horses don't like Dumor horse feed either.

    Sometimes animals really ARE smarter than people.
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Songster

    As long as it's at least 20%, your birds will be fine. I can't imagine any real leg problems showing up already at only 12 days, so they're probably fine and will get stronger as they grow.
     
  5. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Songster

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    Agreed with PurpleChicken... 24% is on the high end of what you can feed to chicks. 20% is absolutely fine. Putting vitamins in their water may well help with the weak legs.
     
  6. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

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    20% is okay.

    The week legs on one chick and if I understand correctly one runt.
    In every batch of chicks you are going to have a few that aren't quite right.
     
  7. THunter

    THunter Songster

    Quote:My layers eat it like there's no tomorrow.
     
  8. Sissy

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    Mine love the Dumor feed but since I couldnt get 20% Igave them chopped hard boiled eggsas an extra side dish. since I had an over abundance.

    then as the Hens get older I give them
    Purina layena feed .
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2009

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