Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by the simple life, May 2, 2008.

  1. Help!
    We got back from the feed store a little bit ago where we picked up some 5 day old chicks.
    I asked the owner for a 25 lb bag of chick feed and while he was ringing me up had a store clerk bring a bag from out back and put it in my car.
    Well I get home and unpack the chicks and get them all settled, I go get the bag of feed and its a bag of grass seed!!!!
    I called the store and they are closed.
    What should I do for food until tomorrow morning when the store opens?
  2. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Oh gosh I don't know. I would at least say get them some water with maybe a bit of sugar or vitamin in them. Do you know of anyone in your area, neighbor, friend who could give you something? In all reality, I'm sure they will be fine till the a.m.

    Good luck.
  3. healingdeva

    healingdeva In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2008
    Maybe some scrambled egg? I know it is one of the things fed to young chicks if you need to increase their intake. And, the egg yolks are what they fed on initially anyway.
  4. Moonwalker

    Moonwalker Songster

    Jan 9, 2008
    Washburn, MO
    I would give them sugar water for now, rather than trying to find something around the house that might give them the runs or impaction. Then go first thing in the am and get feed, cuz they will be hungry! The sugar water will give them energy and get them through the night. Keeping them hydrated is much more important than being hungry for a few hours (remember, with some heavy breeds, they suggest taking the feed away at night)
  5. chickiemomma

    chickiemomma In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2008
    New City, New York
    My mom had chickens growing-up and she used to feed them hard boiled eggs, finely chopped. This was before they had special chick feed. They were all happy and healthy.

    Good luck!
  6. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Is there any other feed store open or maybe your local Walmart might have feed.

    I've given young chicks very finely chopped up scrambled egg too.
  7. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Songster

    Jun 16, 2007
    Stilwell, KS
    I think a little uncooked oatmeal (quick oats or regular oatmeal). Maybe a little cornmeal. I've been told old timers used to feed this. Maybe even a small amount of cooked oatmeal. I think the mashed boiled egg is good too. They shouldn't need a lot until tomorrow. Maybe just feed small bits every couple of hours.
  8. Thanks to all who replied to my post.
    I am so stressed out over this.I had everything ready for them (they have a pretty sweet little set up) and I figured I would just get the food when I picked them up.
    I was worried that they would be stressed with their new surroundings as well and now they don't even have any food.
    I have no idea when the feed store fed them last.
    There were soooo many chicks in their cage.
    I don't have any neighbors that have feed, I am apparently the only crazy chicken person in the area.
    I will do the sugar water and keep my fingers crossed, they all look pretty hearty except my fuzzy little Americana.
    That one looks soooo delicate.
  9. Oatmeal and eggs, great ideas!
    I will try that as well, if its only for tonight then it should do no harm and then I will get the chick starter first thing in the morning.
    Thank you, I feel so much better.
  10. GotCochins?

    GotCochins? In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2008
    Owens Cross Roads, AL.
    i start all my babies on boiled eggs minced up in a food processor.spinkle it and a little starter on the white paper towels in the brooder.for whatever reason the yellow egg seems to really get them pecking around......i continue giving them small portions of egg as they grow but more as a treat than anything.....

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