keeping the chick starter away from other chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by modestmaiden62, May 1, 2016.

  1. modestmaiden62

    modestmaiden62 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2014
    I had a hen that went broody ( Yay!!!) and hatched out 5 chicks. They are 4 and 2 days old and are getting around so I have opened the door to the shed and the little family went for an outing. The other hens and roosters saw their chick feed and started eating it. How do you keep it available for the chicks but away from the rest of the chickens? Do you just put it out after they are locked up for the night and before being let out in the morning? We live in Oklahoma and all is beautiful and green if that makes any difference.
    Thanks, Teretta
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Can you fashion an enclosed space with an opening only a chick can get through? I am thinking of a cage with a very small door.
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I had that problem with my very first batch of chicks eight years ago. It's what made me invent the "panic room". It's a safe enclosure with 5x 7 inch openings that will accommodate chicks until they are almost three months old. Their food and water is inside so the adult chickens can't bully them away from getting enough.

    The panic room comes in handy later when I'm integrating the chicks into the flock. They have a safe refuge to find peace from the adult chickens.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Just put the entire flock on starter. Even medicated starter is fine for grown birds to eat, and you can eat the eggs with no issues. Offer your layers oyster shell for calcium. The extra boost of protein in starter won't hurt any of your flock.
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. modestmaiden62

    modestmaiden62 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2014
    That would be a lot of feed. I am just feeding the flock once a day
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Unless they are broilers they should have all day access to food, it should not be portioned out... Chickens (less hybrid meat birds) do not overeat, they only eat to meet their immediate daily calorie needs... And in that respect if they are being fed sufficiently, they will not eat any more chick starter then layer feed, and at least by me the price difference if any is pennies....
    Last edited: May 3, 2016
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