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In an ice storm without food for chicks...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coop-er, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What can chicks eat if you run short on food? Are they able to eat pellets if I crush it? What about cracked corn? What is best in an emergency?
     
  2. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scrambled eggs. No to pellets as they contain too much calcium and cracked corn has no nutritional value.
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    My granny used to feed all her chicks corn meal...and it has nutritional value. Most of the feeds we give our chickens are largely corn based.
     
  4. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I definitely have eggs! Would the corn and pellets be ok if it's just for a day or so?
     
  5. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would feed egg. At least you won't go too wrong with the nutritional value.

    How old are these little fuzzballs? [​IMG]

    Also, if its just for a day or two... it probably won't matter. Or you could give them egg AND corn mixed. Don't feed layers pellets; calcium's too high & it isn't worth the risk. Safer & cheaper to feed the other foodstuff's mentioned.

    Enjoy your babies!
     
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  6. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you had nothing else but pellets or corn,i would break up pellets and add warm water so it resembles oatmeal,this is easier for them to eat. Just remember if they are eating anything other than chick feed,they need grit. Corn is a little harder to digest,
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Dad used to raise chicks from hatch to three weeks on nothing but cornmeal. It has great nutritional value. Great civilizations were developed with corn as the staple food.

    Dad never gave them grit either. Cornmeal is already ground up. Cracked corn is something different. They'd need grit for that.

    What can you give them? Cooked eggs and cornmeal are great choices. Neither one needs grit. You can pretty much give them anything you eat, just give them grit. Chick feed is a balanced diet so that is the best choice when you can, but in an emergency you have all kinds of options.
     
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    Corn meal only as a supplement to forage. I have used such and if it is only nutritional source the chicks will not thrive.
     
  9. Cooper, you can feed cornmeal. It'll work. Ice storms don't last forever. Little baby chicks don't eat that much. Put em back on starter when the storm is over. They'll be just fine. Even dried bread crumbs can and have worked in a pinch. A day or two on layer pellets crushed has likely been used 1000's of times.;)

    Wish ya the best!
     
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I use layer rations for chicks as a matter of course, though I know that many are scared of that kind of thing. I've never seen any ill results from it and I keep my birds to a ripe old age, still producing, still healthy.
     

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