Okay so really need advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dandydoodle, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    Okay, so I meet this person that I don't believe is giving her little ones chick starter and it is really affecting the growth of her birds. I think maybe she thinks she can't afford to buy both layer and chick starter. So if you knew someone that was only gonna buy one kind of feed for her little ones and babies which, kind would you suggest she feed them. Should I tell her to get game bird food because, it has more protein so the babies would grow or should I suggest her to give everyone chick starter until her babies are big enough to eat layer food? Than just tell her not to eat the eggs until they are off chick starter. I know this is not ideal I am just trying to find a suggestion to help improve the life of these little birds. Thanks for all the help in advance.

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  2. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    I would tell her to get layer crumbles because they are the cheapest and then tell her to mash the crumbles for the little ones. This hands on attention may be what she needs to experience in order to appreciate the needs of the little ones.
     
  3. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    If it were me I would donate a bag of chick starter.

    That would allow them time to be able to afford it from then on out.




    Good luck......
     
  4. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    I think she might be just feeding everyone layer food already and the babies are not growing because of it. So I am thinking she might need to feed them all something with a higher protein feed.

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  5. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    Sure I wouldn't mind getting them a bag of chick starter. That doesn't really solve the problem though. Once that is gone I am sure she will only be feeding everyone layer food again. I need to tell her one kind of food that will give the babies what they need to grow. I really think that is the only way she will continue to give the babies what they need is if she can give everyone the same thing. As I said I know this is not ideal but, I really feel sorry for those babies and they need food that will make them grow. Pleaaaassssseeeee help!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't afford to buy them chick starter all the time.

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  6. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Layer feed likely has extra calcium that could harm the chicks. Unmedicated starter feed would have no negative effect on the eggs laid by the hens.
    If the prices are the same I would feed the starter feed and provide calcium for the hens separately.
     
  7. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    Where would she get unmedicated starter feed? I know I have been looking for organic for my birds and that is not easy to find. Is unmedicated easier to find?

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  8. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Google purina FLOCKRAISER. Then get her to put out oyster shell for the added calcium for the layers
     
  9. dandydoodle

    dandydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2010
    georgia
    Thanks I will do that. I hope they carry it at our local feed store.

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  10. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    I think the protien level is the same. If they buy one bag then layer crumbles would be my choice (I buy chick starter) chickens would poop out what little excess protien they get.

    If the chicks are not growing right it is more likely from the texture/size of the pellets than the difference between layer and chick starter which is minimal.
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