Questions from a beginner - Feed and Introductions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 4CrazyEggs, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. 4CrazyEggs

    4CrazyEggs Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2012
    [​IMG]I have a small 12' square run with a 3.5'x4' coop. I currently have two EE pullet 9wks(in the run) and 4 Rhode Island Reds 3wks(in a tub under a light). I have added a ramp into the coop and additional wire on the lower two feet of the run and around the wooden fence too.

    Chicks are getting medicated starter crumbles(recommended by the feed store) and pullets are getting laying pellets(also recommended by the feed store).

    Is this right? I've read conflicting food recommendations.

    At what ages/stages do I switch foods and give scraps?

    When/how often do you feed cracked corn?

    How should I introduce the chicks to the pullets?

    Oh and the pullets refuse to enter the coop on their own, any suggestions?

    I am so thankful for all you experts!!!!
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    1. At about 7 weeks you can start giving them a couple scraps. Make sure you give them grit so they can digest it if you haven't.
    2. Feed it sparingly, think of it like candy. If you give them too much they can easily get overweight.
    3. I would wait until they're a little bit older, at least around 4 weeks when they have most of their their adult feathers. If you could separate the run with chicken wire and let them see each other during the day for a couple days, that would be good. If you can't, maybe bring them out around the run for the same effect. When they're used to that, one night you can put the younger pullets on the roost with the older pullets. Watch them carefully the next day for any signs of bullying. If you are experiencing problems with bullying, one thing that has worked well in my experience was putting pennies and rocks put in a tin can and covered with duct tape. Just sit outside for a couple minutes a day and whenever a chicken starts to chase a younger pullet, shake it immediately. They dislike the noise.
    4. After a couple of times giving them treats, you can put some of their favorites in the coop where they can see from the outside. If they still refuse to go in, then you might have to pick them up one at a time and place them in the coop, but they'll figure out that it is their home soon enough.
    Good Luck! [​IMG]

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