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How should I introduce feed and water to my chicks?

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by Monica S, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Monica S

    Monica S BYC Content and Advertising Specialist

    Nov 30, 2012
    Start with water: Once chicks arrive, introduce them to the brooding area. Fresh, clean water should always be available, but wait a couple hours to introduce feed. The waterer should be elevated to help keep the chicks from walking through it, and also no higher than level with their backs so they can access it.

    Dip the beaks of several chicks into the water to help them locate it. These chicks will then teach the rest of the group to drink. Monitor the group to ensure all chicks are drinking within the first couple hours.

    Then, teach them to eat: After chicks have had a chance to rehydrate, provide the nutrients they need through a complete starter feed with at least 18 percent protein such as Purina® Start & Grow® Crumbles or Purina® Organic Starter-Grower for chicks that will lay eggs, or Purina® Flock Raiser® Crumbles for meat birds and mixed flocks.

    First, teach the chicks to eat by placing feed on clean egg flats, shallow pans or simple squares of paper. On day 2, add proper feeders to the pens. Once chicks have learned to eat from the feeders, remove the papers, pans or egg flats.
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  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Where can I purchase Purina Chick Water?
  3. Hholly

    Hholly Songster

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    With food, you can tap your finger like a hen pecking at the food to get them interested. Make sure their waterer is shallow enough they won't drown in it. Some electrolytes and probiotics for chicks are a good idea to add to their water at first. Feed stores carry some brands formulated for chicks.
  4. MorganC

    MorganC Chirping

    May 31, 2014
    Monica is correct.
    Sometimes there are some crumbles, I have noticed, that are larger than what some chicks can handle, if this is the case, just put it in a plastic baggie and pound it with a hammer or rolling pin to break it smaller, but don't make it into powder.
    Egghead, I am not aware of such a product. Standard clean water with a bit of Save-A-Chick is more than enough for new chicks, no need to spend extra money on an inflated product.

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