Help I'm in a bind!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by catsmithpuddin, May 30, 2010.

  1. catsmithpuddin

    catsmithpuddin Songster

    Dec 19, 2009
    haughton louisiana
    This is our first ever chicks hatching. Got home last night late and had a couple chicks hatched under the mama. My problem is we have not picked up any starter feed yet. Everything is closed today, and tomorrow being that it is Memorial day weekend.

    To get us through can we put some laying pettets in the food processor and grind them up till tuesday when we can get some starter?

  2. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    That, or you could scramble them some eggs to eat also!! You don't have a TSC close to you??


    ETA: I just looked it up and you have a TSC in Minden!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    TSC will be open today. Some of the grocery stores here even carry chick feed, and thought Walmart is many miles away, they do, too.

    The problem with the layer feed is the high calcium content. It can have an adverse effect on down the road if they eat it as chicks. I'd try to get starter, failing that hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, always having access to grit.
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    When you order chicks, they don' have food in the shipping container. I'm sure that they do get hungry, but they live on the yoke for several days without any horrible effects. Like Barred Babies said, a scrambled or boild egg mashed up will take care of them and mostly your anxiety!
  5. Moabite

    Moabite Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    I could be wrong, but chicks don't need to eat for two or three days after hatching. That is why they only ship day old chicks. I understand that they live off of their yolk. I could be wrong as I am new to chickens myself. Anyone else?

    also: Congratulations!
  6. catsmithpuddin

    catsmithpuddin Songster

    Dec 19, 2009
    haughton louisiana
    so I guess that answers my next question. I will not clean out the shells as we go then!

    Did not think about TSC! There is one about 35 miles away. I will run out there today.

    That is what I love about byc. everybody helps everybody!

  7. Centralflafred

    Centralflafred In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2009
    Plant City, Fla.
    FWIW my son works at TSC here in central Fla. His store will me open Memorial Day till 6 PM.

  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    For one day I have fed chicks layer feed cut with cornmeal. They can eat cornmeal, grits, oatmeal, and similar stuff out of your pantry (use sand for grit) in a pinch.
    But I doubt your chicks will get that hungry if they just hatched out last night.
    I see you are going to TSC, but I just thought I'd mention that there are several things that you probably have on hand that they can eat for a day.
  9. catsmithpuddin

    catsmithpuddin Songster

    Dec 19, 2009
    haughton louisiana
    I think we are gonna relax and stick with the jelly making instead of stressing out. will scramble a egg in the morning and maybe put out a little corn meal but they are not even leaving the box yet (on purpose). Thanks for all the help!

    I put pics on the incubation page the post is named BABIES...........we got em

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