so chicks again..... AWESOME!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Che, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Che

    Che Out Of The Brooder

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    so my broody hen decided to lay on her eggs for 21 one days and now i have 3 baby chicks so what should I feed them? Should I feed them starter feed like I did for the 1st generation chicks or should I let them eat the same thing the adults eat? any suggestions? [​IMG]
     
  2. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] From Carrboro, NC,

    Yes you would need to feed them chick starter the layer feed has different things that are to much for little chicks.

    Yay babies,

    Happy-Hens
     
  3. Che

    Che Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you [​IMG]
     
  4. shannonkNH

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    Do you feed all the chickens the starter feed? Or, how do you keep the bigger girls from eating the starter feed and the chicks from eating the layer pellets?
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  5. artsy1

    artsy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both young ones and layers.................so they get both kinds of food.............they just eat what they want. It's impossible to seperate. I've had no problems yet.
    p.s. I also give the older ones scratch....
    they also get veggies, yogurt. etc.
     
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with the new babies it all good to feed the entire flock the medicated chick starter and switch them to grower feed later or not. When the girls get older and ready to start laying then throw down some crushed oyster shell to add to the layers diet.
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Sharon
    with the new babies it all good to feed the entire flock the medicated chick starter and switch them to grower feed later or not. When the girls get older and ready to start laying then throw down some crushed oyster shell to add to the layers diet.

    Giving starter to the whole flock and providing oyster shell is the best option BUT I definitely wouldn't use a medicated feed, I would use a non-medicated grower. And the oyster shell is best provided in a small container where those that feel the need will know where to find it and eat as much as they want.
     
  8. lauriej57

    lauriej57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sharon
    with the new babies it all good to feed the entire flock the medicated chick starter and switch them to grower feed later or not. When the girls get older and ready to start laying then throw down some crushed oyster shell to add to the layers diet.

    Giving starter to the whole flock and providing oyster shell is the best option BUT I definitely wouldn't use a medicated feed, I would use a non-medicated grower. And the oyster shell is best provided in a small container where those that feel the need will know where to find it and eat as much as they want.

    I agree, I would not feed them medicated starter. If you do, the medication goes into the eggs. If the hen and chicks are separated from the others, then feed them the medicated chick starter, it won't hurt mama hen and she won't be laying eggs for awhile.
     
  9. Che

    Che Out Of The Brooder

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    here is some pics of my babys

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  10. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow it looks like they kept on hatching after you posted! I would probably bring them into a brooder this time of the year, and just put them on starter. In warmer weather I would just switch the whole flock from layer crumble/pellets to hen scratch, the grain, I don't think, would hurt the chicks like the layer ration. I agree to give the hens oystershell though. Just what I would do.

    ETA: You've got some mighty white (vs. yellow) babies there, do you know what breed or mix they are?
     
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