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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken-Man, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chirping

    Jan 8, 2014
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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 (:hmm) 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

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    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 Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    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 Chirping

    Jan 8, 2014
    your head.... ~(*.*)~
    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 Songster

    Oct 13, 2008
    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)...

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  6. Aphrael

    Aphrael Songster

    Jan 21, 2013
    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

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    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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