layer feed for chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by klf73, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    long story short.....
    feed store was closed, I have layer feed, will this work for chicks less than a week old just until tomorrow? Will layer feed harm them if they only eat a little bit? thanks in advance for any help you may provide [​IMG]
  2. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    i say yes. i fed it to mine when the same thing happen to me except i fed mine it for a few days. however i have been told by someone on here NOT to give it to them because it can hurt them. all i can tell you is i used it and something seems better than nothing. i still have all 25 of my chicks. if you dont want to chance it you could try to crumble up some bread really small. i dont think that would hurt them but i dont know for sure.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    It will keep them from starving but switch to grower starter as as possible. The extra calcium in layer feed can build up in their systems and damage their kidneys. They are not laying so they do not use it up. Also the protein is lower in layer feed than starter grower. Welcome to byc. !!!! Jean
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    You could mash up some egg yolks (from hard boiled or steamed eggs) to feed them instead of using the layer feed.

    Hope this helps!

  5. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Yeb that's the best solution. [​IMG]
  6. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Quote:got plenty of eggs [​IMG] sounds safer, thanks [​IMG]
  7. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2008
    Texas Fort Worth
    yea they like eggs. Laying mash has extra calcium in it. If eaten by baby chicks will mess up their developing organs.

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