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

  1. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 4 rir 13 week old chicks i have been feeding them grower but i have run out so have started to feed them on corn and pellets is that ok ?
     
  2. Toshi

    Toshi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The grower food has what they need a lot of protien so they can grow, maybe you should go get another bag, i done that with my second bunch when i ran out i moved them to pellets and they grew so slow after that and stayed kind of small i was worry about them, but they finally got bigger.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

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    Quote:Agreed.
    You can feed grower to layers but not vice versa.
    Corn will definitely further cut the protein intake.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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  5. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so feeding them layer pellets now wont do that much harm ???
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    We're saying it will do harm. Excessive calcium can cause kidney damage and kill.

    Growing birds should get 1% Calcium, Layers 4%.
     
  7. chittyn

    chittyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oo what about corn ?? actually they are 14 weeks old ...............
     
  8. Fred's Hens

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    They need feed. Corn is just one incomplete grain product. Feed Starter, Grower, or Raiser.
     
  9. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Corn is ok but not complete, if they are on corn, they must have plenty of greens, a vitamin supplement that has low calcium and some source of protein like boiled/scrambled eggs or I used to give my old lot a forkfull of catfood between two birds daily.
    Also they'll need grit.
    My 2 old girls died of old age rather than disease or anything so they can't have suffered too bad a diet from that!
    They went on corn from around 12 weeks old, had the daily portion of cat food, cage bird vitamin powder and a cabbage a week, also had grit available to them always.
    I didn't know much about chickens, and I didn't have access to the internet or a library, I basically learned as I went. They did fine. [​IMG]
     
  10. Toshi

    Toshi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The easy way to go would just to get some more chick starter or some flock raiser, and you would also know that they would be harmed with that feed.
     

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