question about feed

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by orlandoluv1, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. orlandoluv1

    orlandoluv1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i went to a feed store today and asked the guy to help me get starter feed for when my chics hatch. he gave me a big bag of it and told me that was all i would need for the first 6 months of the chics life. for some reason that doesnt sound righ tto me. i have read about giving them some kind of mash and something like grit or soemthing like that. can anyone help becasue i dont think the guys at the store knew what he was talking about.
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I dont know what kind he gave you but I use start and grow. You use it till the lay which is genreally 20 weeks then you switch to layer
     
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Stevie, if you are using until they lay, you are looking at 5-6 months which is going to be about 20-24 weeks, so maybe the guy at the feedstore is thinking along the same lines as you are.
     
  4. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, that is all you will need until they start laying eggs! If you give them anything other than that say as a treat like scratch, they will need grit in order to digest it. The pullets should lay somewhere in the vicinity of 18 wks. old, so he was right as long as you don't give them treats. Most of us give our chickens treats, so you may want to pick up a bag of chicken grits or parakeet gravel (which is smaller and easier for young chicks to eat). If you do offer treats, it's best to do it in moderation and late afternoon to be certain they are mainly getting the proper diet as their main source of food. Hope this helps. Enjoy your chicks! [​IMG]
     
  5. orlandoluv1

    orlandoluv1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yea that is what he gave me. but i also have heard about giving them something called a mash where you can even give them hard boiled eggs does anyone know if this is good or is the start and grow fine alone.
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    You can give cooked eggs as a treat. its extra protein.

    Thanks buster. I was thinking 20 weeks is about 5-6 months
     
  7. orlandoluv1

    orlandoluv1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    k thanks sounds good sorry if i sound like i dont know what im doing but in allr eality i really just want to givethem the best i can. thanks so much for everyones help
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    its ok. We are here to help. They might not take eggs right away but some do. Mine would not try it for the first week. second week they where pigs
     
  9. orlandoluv1

    orlandoluv1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hahaha thats cute well thanks a lot im so glad i found this site. up until then i was kinda on my own and now i feel like i actually have people who understand my excitment when i say i cant wait for the new babies to be here!
     
  10. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Mash, I think, is just starter mixed with hot water. You have to make it fresh each time and you cannot leave it but you take it out as soon as the kids are done. . .It spoils, ferments, and molds VERY QUICKLY and that could make the chickees sick or kill them even.
     

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