Raising Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dr1939, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. dr1939

    dr1939 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I am completely new at raising chicks. I had a broody chicken and got three eggs from a friend and she hatched them out. My friend gave me some starter food for them.
    My question is how long should I continue to feed them the starter food and when should I give them something else and what should I give them. Can they have something like mealyworms or oatmeal or ??????. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    Starter is fine. It is also fine for the mama, or for the whole flock if you are raising them in with the flock. In that case, just put out a little oyster shell for the laying hens in a separate container.

    Treats are OK, too, if you don't give them pieces too big for them to handle; remember, they swallow things whole. Try not to upset the nutritional balance of their feed too much; maybe hold treats down to 10% of their daily diet. You can also feed them grower when a few weeks old, or you can feed the whole flock a flock raiser feed in a few weeks. As long as chicks under 18 weeks don't gt any layer feed it's all good.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/guide-to-letting-broody-hens-hatch-and-raise-chicks
     

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