I'm getting 20 baby chicks today! What to feed them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by manchick, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. manchick

    manchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 20 new chicks and would like some suggestions as to what to feed them. Iwould like to make my own feed if possible
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    chicks need fine feed. I give mine starter mash with lots of water available. I also sterilize in the microwave fine sand as grit to aid in digestion. (first time I didn't sterilize) Have water available... marbles in the waterer so they don't drown.

    (Can you tell I've got newly hatched ones in the brooder?)
     
  3. manchick

    manchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info I'm sure it will come in handy:)
     
  4. gimme sum eggs

    gimme sum eggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Manchick, whats your "housing" setup for your new chicks??
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Its not easy to make your own feed, especially for chicks who need higher protein and vitamin levels. It's asking for disaster or stunted chicks, IMO.
    You're getting them today and havent gotten them any feed? Seems a bit odd to me, really. Do you have a heat lamp set up? Are they a few days old or older?
     
  6. manchick

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    I have a wooden box approx. 30"x30" w/a 100watt bulb for heat
    in 1/2 of the area
     
  7. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:that's will work, hey best way go to TSC tractor supply if you have one around and buy some 50lb starter and grower for chicks and waterer and feeder, they open also on sunday.

    good luck.
    Omran
     

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