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Mixing chicks with hens help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lilcheeks, May 18, 2017.

  1. lilcheeks

    lilcheeks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2014
    Byron Center, MI
    I have 15, seven week old chicks that I'd like to add to my 2 silkies and 2 Road Island reds, which are 3 years old. They have had chicken wire separate them for 4 weeks now and I think they'll do fine but I don't know how to handle the food. The chicks shouldn't eat the egg laying food, and the hens shouldn't eat the medicated start and grow food. How do people handle this? Or do they keep them separated until the chicks can eat the layer food? Or am I crazy to try to mix them now?
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Try and find an unmedicated starter and you can give everyone that with oyster shell grit offered separately. Your layers will eat what they need of the grit. As you are in the US you could get 'flock raiser' food that chicks and adults can eat, again with the oyster shell on the side for the layers. Just keep an eye on your bigger birds when you do mix them as your chicks are still quite small. Good luck.
  3. lilcheeks

    lilcheeks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2014
    Byron Center, MI
    Thank you, I actually bought a bag of the medicated starter grower feed tonight, I'll see once if I can mix them tomorrow. Thanks!
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I use unmedicated starter for all when I have chicks around. I don't really want Amprolium in my eggs.
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    You can consume eggs from medicated feed....Just provide the oyster shell.....


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