should I chop up the crumbles?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sheeshshe, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Songster

    May 6, 2009
    I got the chickies their next bag of food (grower crumbles) since they were at the bottom of the chick starter. however, the food looks gigantic. I don't see how they would be able to eat it... its such a big difference from the starter... do you think it would be wise to put some through the food processor to chop it up some for them?

    they are 5 weeks old (I know I wasn't supposed to start the grower till 6 weeks but they were running low) the things look like rabbit pellets or something!
  2. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    I wouldn't bother. My very small banty chicks haven't needed their crumbles run through the food processor since they were about a week old and they are just barely 4 wks now.
  3. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Songster

    May 6, 2009
    are you sure? these things are like rabbit pellets!
  4. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    I'd go get more starter if it was me. I still have my ten 16 wk olds and three 7 wk old banties on Nutrena starter still. (20% protein)

    I heard you keep them on the starter until they start to lay.
  5. r-l-newell

    r-l-newell In the Brooder

    May 14, 2009
    Central Texas
    The lady at the feed store here in Texas that I bought my laying hens from said to keep them on starter food for about 18 weeks or until they start laying eggs.
  6. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    I was told to keep mine on starter as well, until they are about 1 week away from laying then switch to Layer. About 18 weeks old.

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