New babies!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jojorose8, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. jojorose8

    jojorose8 Chirping

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    Hello! I have a broody sitting on fertile eggs. I plan to let her raise them with the flock. I have a couple questions about the logistics.

    -I have always used Blue Seal feed, but they don’t make an unmedicated chick starter. Any recommendations?
    - When I transition the whole flock to starter feed and then back to layer feed in a few months, should I do it gradually or can I just switch them?
    - How should I prepare my coop for the babies? Should I do a very thorough clean right before they hatch?
     
  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    If your letting the broody hen raise them you might want to switch to non meds starter or better yet use flock raiser feeds since the mother hen and the other layers will also eat the chick feeds. Make sure there’s calcium on the side for the rest of the flock.
     

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