Oats and feed question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eggcamefirst, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep seeing posts where people are feeding chicks dry oatmeal or something, what is it and where can I get it?

    Also I ran out of my starter bag of medicated feed and I bought a new bag of starter/grower that is non-medicated, I assume its ok to switch? Should I start Provisol in the water to compensate?
     
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    MattMansChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    were your chicks vaccinated?
     
  3. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use dry quick oats, b/c it is chopped up smaller and it easier for the little ones to eat. You can find it in any grocery store cereal aisle. I just buy the Walmart brand in the huge tub.
     
  4. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    Dry quick oats, as in if you add water you get oatmeal?

    I don't know if the chicks were vaccinated or not....
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    The medicated feed is to build up an immunity to cocci, which is everywhere. Not sure how old your chicks are. Some chicks are fine without it.

    I feed dry rolled oats. I make sure they have grit to grind up the oats.
     
  6. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    So I should continue with medicated or at 2.5 weeks are they ok to switch?
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    If it were me, I'd go out and get a bag of medicated and save the unmedicated for later when the chicks are older. There are a lot of people who do not feed medicated. I personally would not want a coccidais(sp) outbreak in my flock. It's devastating and has a high mortality rate.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree. Most feed stores sell rolled oats (oatmeal) and regular oats. I have given my birds both. regular oats are about half of the price of rolled oats. I mix the oats with scratch and sunflower seed and give it to them as treats. I also have a bowl of grit available to my chicks. I buy chick grit at Tractor Supply. When they have run out I have sifted my regular grit and given them the sifted grit. They need it in their gizzards to grind their food. [​IMG]
     
  9. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yup! I only have a few birds that eat it, so I just buy the stuff from the grocery store. I also don't have anywhere to store large amounts of it. A big container of it lasts me at least a couple weeks, if not more. I don't feed it everyday.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] Sometimes I don't always think things through to well. I buy everything in 50# bags. I keep my grain in metal trash cans with lids, but I have over 100 birds.
     

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