I think I screwed up....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MissBHaven, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. MissBHaven

    MissBHaven Out Of The Brooder

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    I was given 2 adult black sex hens, and a roo. All about 6-8 years old according to the farmer. I carefully watched them in with my 16 silkies that are only 7 weeks old all day, they are doing fine. (so far).

    I forgot all about food being different for adult chickens, will it hurt them to eat the medicated starter until I can get to the supplier for regular feed? Which will probably by Friday???? [​IMG]
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Yeah, I would have kept them separate for at least two weeks prior to putting them together. I found that out the hard way.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If the medicated chick starter has only amprolium in it there is no withdrawl time so you can eat eggs no problem. Else, extra protein won't hurt them.

    Quarentine is a good idea too so you can watch for diseases and such.
     
  4. MissBHaven

    MissBHaven Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's an updated pic of my now 7 week old white bantam silkies.
     
  5. MissBHaven

    MissBHaven Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish I had the set up here to sep. them for a couple weeks, however being new this summer to chickens, I only have accomodations to throw them together...I have my leather gloves and chopping block ready in case the new roo is a brute....the farmer that gave him to me is a friend, hopefully he wouldn't give me any diseased birds...Ive been getting eggs from him all year....
     
  6. littlelemon

    littlelemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only bad thing about giving grown chickens broiler feed is that the extra protein is unnecessary and it costs more!! When I move my chicks in with my layers I feed them both the broiler feed until the chicks are about 18 weeks old. It does cost more, but does not hurt the layers. There's just no way to seperate feed for the flock if all your birds are together.
     
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Sometimes a bird can carry a diesease and it not be know for a while. This is why quarentine for 30 days is recommended.
     

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