how to make mash for newborn chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coltssuperbowl83, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can i just use chick started and water?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Why do you want to make a mash? Just give them fresh water and chick starter in seperate containers.
     
  3. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have chick starter grower crumbles but it doesn't seem like they are eating it......
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    What kind of chicks do you have and how old are they? If they're a bantam breed you might need to crush the crmbles up a bit so they can eat them more easily. If you decide to make a mush you can just mix the crumble with warm water, but it sours easily so you'll have to change it out frequently.
     
  5. coltssuperbowl83

    coltssuperbowl83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they are 2 standard cochins and 1 welsummer/leghorn cross. They are all 4 days old.
     
  6. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they are that young they do not need to eat much. By day 3 they have absorbed the yolk sac and will begin to eat and drink.
    I have wet their chick feed down with warm water to encourage them to eat but this tends to make it harder to transition them to just eating dry feed.
    After years of raising chicks it is easier to start them in brooder on newspaper with dry feed scattered around and the waterer with marbles in tray to keep them from drowning.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Those breeds of chicks should have no trouble with the chick starter crumble. I agree with lilchick that they are just getting to the point that they will really start eating.
     
  8. chillmiller

    chillmiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    throw the crumbles in the blender
     

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