raising keets and chicks together...what food?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickengrl, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, we are putting our guinea keets in with our chicks to make it easier to care for them and I had heard that if keets are raised with chicks, they will be calmer. We only have 5 keets and about 28 chicks together. (our keet hatch wasn't as good as we hoped) The question is which food to feed? We have medicated chick starter and the medicated game bird starter. I was thinking the game bird starter with the higher protein wouldn't hurt the chicks. What do you guys think? thanks!! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can buy a food meant for many types of poultry called flock raiser. I know they sell it at TSC, it's meant just for your situation, apparently it's good for guineas, turkey, and chickens [​IMG]
     
  3. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    feed should be high protein, at least 20%.
     
  4. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the high protein ok to feed to the chicks? We already had the keets on game bird chick food. So, we would like to feed the High protein game bird (chick food) to both keets and chicks. Is that OK? [​IMG]
     
  5. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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    I just asked Peeps that question yesterday. [​IMG] But I forgot to ask this part. My chicks are 3 and 4 months old my keets are 1 month old. Is this possible? Sorry to hijack.[​IMG]
     
  6. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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    Did you find out anything? [​IMG] If you do it please let me know how it goes. Thanks
     
  7. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Before we started with our chicks I asked around a lot about feed and found feeding a gamebird feed to chickens was actually a good thing. People often complain or worry about protein due to feather picking, etc and we are using a 30% and they are doing great. Their feathers and growth was much faster, they look great, get big..and do very well.
     
  8. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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    So can you put them together? My chicks are 3 and 4 months old and my keets are 1 month. Can I put them together? [​IMG]
     
  9. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see lots of people raise them together..I would do a search with the two key words and see what you find..I don't see why not..I would just give them plenty of room and keep an eye on them to make sure everyone gets along.
     
  10. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, I read on here that raising them together makes the keets much calmer when they grow up. We have had them together a couple days and our keets already seem happier. I think they like a bigger "flock". Thanks giddy moon...we decided to go ahead and feed the game bird raiser so the keets get what they need. Sounds like it will be good for the chicks too.
     

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