keeping chicks out of layer feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kennyruby101, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. kennyruby101

    kennyruby101 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2011
    n cali.
    i hand raised our first dozen chicks,now they are brooding their own chicks,and i dont have time to help,but am wondering about the feed.layena.i will give the chicks starter at first, i can of course keep the chicks out of the feed for awhile,but i remember the first chicks were able to fly to small heights in no time,should i put them ALL on something like flockraiser?
  2. chick007

    chick007 secretagent chickenman

    Sep 25, 2011
    anchorage, alaska
    need to switch to chick starter, will not harm the moms to eat it
  3. TexasToucan

    TexasToucan Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    I also feed my mommas chick starter, but be sure to offer her free choice oyster shell for the calcium. If you feed medicated chick starter, some people recommend disposing of the eggs. I have eaten them, and it has never bothered me.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You simply offer everyone the same feed and not worry about it.

    Starter/Grower/Flock Raiser, etc. In other words, anything but layer. The layer has the high calcium blended in, which the little ones do not need.
    All feed has calcium, as a rule, but the high content mixed into layer is too much for non laying birds.
  5. kennyruby101

    kennyruby101 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2011
    n cali.
    thanks everyone for the info,no im not using the medicated i am letting them hatch eggs because it is winter i think the production will be down the flock raiser!do you think the starter would be a better choice for all of them
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Welcome to the BYC [​IMG]

    I was told to switch back to medicated chick feed and when the girls got to 20 weeks just throw down some calcium source to supplement the older girls.

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