integrated chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pattgal, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    when your hen raises her chicks within the flock, How do you feed them their chick feed and feed the rest of the flock layer pellets?
    Our December chicks got some chick starter in the nest box with the moma hen. the Hen would eat their food and so did all the other hens. it was very messy
    ...they never got grower in between, just went straight to pellets. (would that stunt their growth?) Now they are 4 months and the size of a guinea pig. (1/4 pound, lol)
    their parents are:
    EE X legorn
    EE X red production hens
    EE X EE

    So they are not large breeds but not banties either. is their current size normal?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    When I have chicks in with the laying flock, they all get either Starter or Grower. I offer oyster shells on the side so the ones that need it get the calcium and the others don't.

    If the growing chicks get too much calcium, which they can from Layer, it can cause bone or kidney damage.

    At 4 months (18 weeks), I would expect them to be about 80% to 90% the size of the adults. They'll get some taller but mostly just heavier. Leghorns are not all that big to start with. EE's can be a mix of anything so it is hard to even discuss a standard size for them.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    What Ridgerunner said.

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