Need Organic Soy-free starter recipe stat!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Castironkitchen, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Castironkitchen

    Castironkitchen Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 18, 2011
    Was going to head to our local feed store that has the organic soy free feed and they ran out of the weekend! We have chicks coming in two days and need a recipe to create a feed until the store gets it in early next week. We are getting 6 RR chicks. We are freaking out in the house as this is our first time with chicks and planned on using the starter from the store.

    Please recipes!!

  2. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Tallahassee, FL
    For a few days you can feed them almost anything including non-organic food. But assuming you are determined to stay organic soy - free (which is what I feed my birds by the way).

    Remembering they are chicks I'd go with a grain milled very fine such as milled oat or milled wheat then add some vitamins and protein such as scrambled egg. Just remember they need a small amount of grit since they'll be getting real food (which is what momma would feed them) freeze dried mealworms or fresh ones are also an excellent source of protein.

    Please note I am not an expert, have never tried this. I do know that chickens survived on whole seeds, greens and bugs long before we came along and made them pets.
  3. smallzoo

    smallzoo Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
  4. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2011
    follow the linked recipe above - - you can get all the ingredients at whole foods - - and all are organic.

    once mixed you can grind them up in a blender, if you choose, for the first few days. if you grind (it will look like sand kind of, no large chunks of anything), no grit is necessary. if you don't grind, or when you stop grinding, grit needs to be provided free choice.

    if you follow the recipe above, it is important you include the kelp (you can get organic granules at whole foods from a company called 'maine coast') and the eggs. also, equally important, sprinkle a bit of brewers yeast on the eggs after you mash them up. brewers yeast is one of the few options you have for your vit Bs. use it. you can also get it at whole foods in the section where they have the vitamins and such. just to make you feel warm and fuzzy, brewers yeast is commonly used in organic feeds you buy from a store. use it with the above linked recipe.

    just to clarify a statement from above, if you're following the standard of organic, you cannot feed them just anything for the first few days. the standard of organic calls for the bird to be in your possession from day 2 of life onward and only eating organic food. the reason for the 'day 2' part is that baby chicks do not eat the first day (and, in my experience, they rarely eat the second day, but that is what the standard calls for). once a chicken, on any day of its life, has eaten non-organic food, it cannot be consider part of the standard. there are no exceptions to that. they're strict. and for good reason. this may not apply to your goal, but wanted to clarify.

    enjoy your chickens - - you're going to have a blast!

    i bid you a great evening.

    edited to add:

    i forgot. when you mash up the eggs, mash them up with the egg shell. it offers a bit of grit as well as calcium and such. also, offer grit when feeding the eggs. i usually put some in with the eggs. and then offer some free choice, as well.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2011
  5. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can also use nutritional yeast for B vitamins and can find this at Whole Foods or other health food grocery stores. For protein use scrambled eggs, cooked fish, other meats. You can give cooked peas or beans. Fresh greens ( they love chopped chives). A bit of kefir or yogurt.
  6. Castironkitchen

    Castironkitchen Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 18, 2011
    Thanks you so much! I found this recipe late last night as well.

    Looking forward to meeting our new chicks!

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