Out of food. Advise??

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  1. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have suddenly ran out of chick feed for my aprox 6-7week chicks. They just just finished the last of it this morning. I cant get anymore for another 4 hrs or so (o_O) Can I give them crushed laying pellets just for a few hours to fill them up?? if not what can I do?
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    NO! Do not give them laying pellets. This will damage their kidneys. Give them oatmeal, cooked eggs, grass or a few mealworms. They'll be fine.
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Waiting 4 hours won't kill them. If you really want to give them something then the above suggestion is good.
     
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  4. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, than k you! and thanks for the quick reply. I was close to giving them the layer food Ill get them oats and let them out side for grass and bugs.
     
  5. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With all the brands I've looked at at least, the formulas are almost identical, except that layer has much more calcium and starter has a little more protein. So the excess calcium is the only issue, but calcium is not a toxin, it's water soluable mineral and can usually be easily excreted--it shouldn't be an issue unless given in excess over long periods. But that said, I have raised chicks on layer feed for extended periods before when I could not get OG starter/grower on this rock I live on, and though perhaps it was not optimal, they were healthy and it seemed their kidneys were just fine (and if you're wondering how I know, I was actually able to see them when we processed the cockerels). So you can definitely safely feed them crushed/ground layer pellets without fear of death or organ damage for at least a short while. IMHO letting them go hungry or radically and abruptly altering the diet with new things could be as or more disruptive to the systems than feeding layer for a day or two, though none of it is going to cause real harm either way (and grass and bugs never hurt anyone)...

    GL!
     
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  6. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2. The higher calcium will not hurt them over such a short period of time. For that matter, just making them wait for 4 hours for food won't kill them either. Though they might try to tell you otherwise. [​IMG] From what I understand, the high calcium in layer feed may cause kidney damage in roosters, chicks, and non-laying hens if fed over an extended period of time. But if you'd rather not risk it, just give them a bit of scrambled or boiled egg to keep them occupied for a few hours until you have their chick crumble.
     
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  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Agree a small dose of layer won't hurt them, but then again they're well able to go 4 hours without eating.
     

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