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Proper starter food for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by w8tn4fresheggs, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone, I will be getting my chicks soon. I have been wondering about a few things and have looked to see if anyone else has asked. I didn't see it so I will post.

    I bought medicated chick feed. Does that mean I don't have to put the syrup, vinegar, etc in the water that everyone is talking about?

    I also bought chick grit. Do I mix this up with the chick feed or do I give it to them separately? A certain amount?

    Do I need oyster shells at this point for them also?

    I bought pads at Walmart for puppy training for the floor of the brooder. I really don't want to start with shaving at this young of an age, in case they eat them. I have heard of people using paper towels. So I thought the puppy pads would work and they are super absorbent.

    Any other suggestions as far as food and water?

    Thanks, Steph
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I do not recommend adding anything to the water for baby chicks unless they have just arrived from being shipped or appear in distress. So for that...fresh water only (not too cold, not too hot).

    Use medicated or regular chick starter as feed. No other supplements - this will give them everything they need at this time. [​IMG] Oyster shell is only for laying hens...not good for baby chicks.

    The puppy pads were a good idea. I haven't thought of that and use paper towels. But I have extra puppy pads that I don't use anymore because my pup is now house trained...so will try it. Thanks for that suggestion. [​IMG]

    Jody
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If all you are feeding them is their chick starter, they won't need any chick grit eather. If they get to run around outside, they will probably find all the pebbles they need.
     
  4. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your help. Steph
     
  5. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your chicks have been vaccinated, I don't think you should feed medicated starter. I'm a newb as well, so I don't know the exact reason, and I don't know if it applies only to the cocci vaccine. Surely there's a more knowledgable person here who can share some insight. Luckily, I found out after only 2 days of feeding medicated starter to my vaccinated chicks. (yesterday being day 2)- but i've purchased the proper feed now. Thank goodness for all of the wonderful people here!
     
  6. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am having them vaccinated. So does that mean that I shouldn't give them the medicated chick feed that I have? Now I am confused. Steph
     
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    If your peeps are vaccinated for cocci, you can't feed the medicated feed. If it's just the Merek's vac, then you can feed medicated starter.

    bigzio
     
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  8. GoPups

    GoPups Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On McMurray's website, they say that feeding medicated chick starter will nullify your vaccine.
     
  9. w8tn4fresheggs

    w8tn4fresheggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is just for the Merek's vac. I also bought some stuff to put in the water that is medicine. I think I need to take that back. One or the other or none.


    So the best thing is to have no medication in the feed and water?

    Steph
     
  10. cookie_chick

    cookie_chick Out Of The Brooder

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    for mine i just use chickie crumble
    is that alright?
     

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