HELP..New..what to feed ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mljohnson05, May 29, 2011.

  1. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    OK, so I am new and so I know this will sound dumb...so sorry in advance [​IMG]
    First off I have 4 bantam chicks (pullet- red Cochin, Pullet- porcelain d'uccle, Pullet- Silver Sebright and a ROO- OEG)
    I CANNOT separate them to feed because they are all so attached to each other and scream none stop if I do.
    They are 5 Weeks Old right now and have been on starter/Grower Crumbles....They also go outside when it is warm to roam and forge.
    My Questions are
    1. What SHOULD I feed them (I know the Roo does not really need what the pullets do, but I Will not be separating them)?
    2. At what age should I change their food and how (IE. Transition or "cold Turkey)?
    3. I give them "treats" right now (not sure if I should) and what treats are OK to give the small Bantams?
    4. Do I need "Grit" ans what type?

    And then any other tips you all can give me is great....THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance...and again sorry for the "what should be simple" and dumb question [​IMG]

    Here is a Pic of all 4 together, just cause I love them all so much and want to share [​IMG]
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  2. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. they can remain on grower / starter until they start laying.

    2. gradually add a layer feed until you are all layer feed. but there is nothing wrong with keeping them on a high protein diet (correct me if wrong, fellow BYC's)

    3. Treats! Heck yeah! cooked rice, pasta, yogurt, even a scrambled egg, grits, corn on the cobb, cooked outmeal (or dry), fruits, greens, popcorn

    4. If they forage themselves they will find the grit they need. I do supplment a little. I will throw out some gravel with some treats.

    5. TREATS! they will love you and follow you everywhere.

    and they are as cute as can be - congrats!
     
  3. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Thank You...I am found of them, this is not their best shot, but only group pic I have, I could share pics ALL DAY [​IMG]
    Not sure if this was good for them , but it was SOOOO HOT out today that i made a cold fruit smoothie and gave them some...they loved it though...lol [​IMG]
    Here is more pics...sorry I cannot help myself...lol
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  4. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    o they are so VERY cute! definitely that chick in pic #2 is a roo!
     
  5. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Quote:YUP he is my only Roo...the rest are Pullets....(as far as I know) Just want to make sure I feed the right, so taking any advice [​IMG]
     
  6. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chick crumbles til layer switch works very well continue with their treats helps them stay cool taste good 2 [​IMG]
     
  7. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    How adorable---

    I really like the pullet with the black & white feathers.

    For my part---I would keep chick grit available at all times. You can purchase chick grit at TSC (Tractor Supply) among, I am sure numerous other places that have poultry or bird supplies. By the time your package is used up, it will be time to switch to the adult version of chicken grit.
     
  8. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Quote:Thank You , and the black and white one is a Silver Sebright bantam [​IMG]
     
  9. debber

    debber Out Of The Brooder

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    Good questions! I wish i had read this thread before i asked basicly the same questions in another post.[​IMG]
    I have 3 adult reds that came to us already grown. Now i have 10 4 week old pullets, and im like a new mom worrying about them. I cant help it, im madly in love!
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  10. Sheepy

    Sheepy Out Of The Brooder

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    Whatever you feed the hens will be fine with the rooster! [​IMG]
     

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