Gravel and food?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dark4, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Dark4

    Dark4 In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2010
    ME NH border
    should I give my 6 week old chicks some parakeet gravel?
    and when can I switch them from medicated chick mash to adult pellets?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    "Adult pellets" usually means layer pellets, which have extra calcium which is harmful to baby chicks. You need to wait on the layer til almost layer age, maybe 16-18 weeks.

    You can give the babies parakeet gravel if you wish, but it is probably not necessary, especially if they are on the ground. They won't eat much if any if they don't need it, though.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by