How long should I feed my chicks "Chick Starter"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hulufarms, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. hulufarms

    hulufarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When should I switch to "Layer Feed" or scratch?
     
  2. Alexis

    Alexis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My general rule is if I see an egg, they are ready for Layer pellet or crumble.
     
  3. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like Alexis, I have always fed chick starter until they are laying or getting ready to lay. I have read from multiple books that around 8 weeks it is good to switch to grower (different from layer or chick), but I have never bothered.
     
  4. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everything I've been reading is that scratch is not a food. It's a treat and should be fed sparingly.
     
  5. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feed starter until the instructions on the back tell you to switch [​IMG]
     
  6. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch is a treat, not a complete food, so please do not feed just scratch.
     
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I feed starter feed (Purina Start & Grow) until I get the first eggs then begin blending in the layer feed until the starter is all gone.

    As others have said scratch feed is not a complete feed in itself. You'll want a complete feed such as a good layer ration when they begin to lay.
     
  8. hulufarms

    hulufarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, thanks. I guess I'll feed starter till they lay....
     
  9. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i feed my chicks medicated starter for 8 weeks that is mixed with game fowl for extra protein, then I mix the grower with it. then at 18 weeks i do layer feed...
     
  10. Komaki

    Komaki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have great advice here! The only other thing we do is, say we bake more tater tots than we eat we give them to the chicks. I am a private pilot, so have people always bring me odd things to give the girls (becouse I gift them chickens at times), But I as others have said, soft. You will see.
     

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