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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TikiRoost6, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. TikiRoost6

    TikiRoost6 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2017
    Sharpsburg, MD
    I've wanted chickens for years & years & FINALLY brought home 6 on Sunday.[​IMG] I am having so much fun with them so far.[​IMG] I have 2 RIR (my husbands personal favorite since he had 3 in college), 2 Australourpe, & 2 Plymouth Rock. So far, they're doing great, very friendly, & have learned to come & hop on my hand/arm when called. My biggest question...being a new chicken mom...is diet! What's everyone feed their new chicks, adolescents, & adults? What foods are an absolute no, no?

  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
    Chick starter then chick grower until they start laying then laying pellets.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. This search should help you, in terms of what not to feed to chickens - https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=foods+toxic+to+chickens
    "treats" should constitute no more than 10% of the total diet, but for young chicks, I'd advise giving them starter / chick feed only. Chickens need grit to break down larger food items - this link should help on the topic - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/891051/the-science-of-feeding-grit-to-poultry

    A couple of links that may help you raise your chicks:

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! CTKen gave you a wealth of great info and links so I will just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
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  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Glad to hear you're enjoying your new flock!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under TikiRoost6 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some great starting points, I will just wish you and your little ones all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

  8. TikiRoost6

    TikiRoost6 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2017
    Sharpsburg, MD
  9. TikiRoost6

    TikiRoost6 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2017
    Sharpsburg, MD
    Thank you Teila. I've been reading a wealth of info & LOVE seeing pictures of other chickens. My whole family is just thrilled with our new family members.[​IMG]
  10. Welcome to BYC from Maine!:welcome
    You already have many good helpers and links so good luck!
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