Medicated Chick starter

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Claire_Bear, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Claire_Bear

    Claire_Bear Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been getting Medicated chick starter and just recently found out it is mash, but i have been feeding it to them dry. Is this a bad thing tht i feed it to them dry? About how long do i feed them tht....and then what?
     
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    It doesn't matter if it is a mash. Keep them on starter until they start to lay...then switch to a layer ration. UNLESS...your feed store has a grower ration; if they do, you would switch from starter to grower at about 8 weeks of age.
     
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  3. MayberrySaint

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    One other thing...people misconstrue "Mash"...it doesn't have to be fed with water. Feed will come in 3 forms:
    1. Pellets - mash feed that has been heated and pushed through a pellet dye forming the hardened pellets.
    2. Crumbles - pelleted feed that has been cut up by passing the pellets through a series of knives.
    3. Mash - ration that has been ground and mixed but not pelleted.

    Mash feeds should be cheaper than pellets (or crumbles) because the process does not require steam production and a pellet mill. However, you will normally have more wastage and the nutrient utilization is sometimes not as efficient.
     

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