Need Help On Meal Plan!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Artemis Fowl, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl Chirping

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    Ok so my chickens are 8 and 9 weeks old, I have no idea what to feed them! I have been giving them the baby medicated crumble, but yesterday was the last bag... so i went to the feed store and they guy gave me scratch, so i get home and do some research and some people say give them scratch and some say not in the summer because it causes overheated chickens (is that true)??? I didn't want to risk it so i go back and explain the situation and they guy gives me layer crumble???[​IMG] Is that ok if not can someone give me a proper meal plan?

    BTW i new with chickens so sorry about the long post.... THANKS [​IMG]
     
  2. dixie&trixie

    dixie&trixie Songster

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    I would go back and ask for the medicated chick starter. I have 2 chicks that are 9 weeks and 1 that is 8 weeks and I still have them on chick starter. I believe you keep them on the chick starter for another couple months until they start laying. Do you give them treats yet?
     
  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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  4. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

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    I give mine grower cal at 8-9 weeks then switch to layer they did fine with that [​IMG]
     
  5. FarmGirl01

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    Baby chick starter until they start to lay. Then you can switch to layer pellets. Scratch is given as a treat by most ppl. My babies are given chick crumbles until about 18 weeks old then I start to mix layer and chick crumbles together. Then I will mix the layer with the scratch and leave out the baby chick crumbles.
     
  6. Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl Chirping

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    Is Baby chick starter the same as Chick grower and finisher?
     
  7. Artemis Fowl

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    Yeah i give them treats, Recently cold fruit because its been so hot.
     
  8. dixie&trixie

    dixie&trixie Songster

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    Alright! I have an RIR and BR as well! My BR is such a sweetheart. Post pics if you have some![​IMG]
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:No. Grower/finisher is what comes between Chick Starter feed and Layer feed. I change from Chick Starter to the grower/finisher and do not use Layer feed any more. I just keep crushed oyster shell available as free choice (not mixed with the feed but in an empty tuna can nailed to an inside coop wall) - the pullets and hens that NEED the extra calcium will take it as they need it.
     
  10. I have mine on grower/finisher. I would prefer pellets but it is not available that way. [​IMG]
     

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