some questions for the board

chicks_08

Hatching
11 Years
Mar 15, 2008
2
0
7
Hi, everyone. I have never raised baby chicks before, always raised older chickens. SO i have a few questions maybe someone out there can help me with.

1) when should i start the chicks on regular scratch grains, and take them off of the chick grain?

2) Does anyone know how to postive check for vent sexing, or know a site with good info and pics, so that I can share with my husband, neither of us know how to do this.

3) does anyone know a good cheap place to shop for chicken coop supplies in southern IL, I am close to a rural king, and a buchheits, but I am not fond of buchheits on prices, and rural king isnt to terribley bad, and none of the feed stores around here sell fencing, and etc.

Thanks
chicks_08:/
 

newchickmom

Songster
12 Years
Nov 8, 2007
720
11
184
Lafayette, Indiana
I'm new at this too but I can tell you, I started mine on layer food as soon as I got my first egg. I started by mixing a little more, each day, with the chick starter till I ran out or starter food.

I use Rural King to buy everything except grit and fencing. Menards has cheaper fencing and a local, feed store has grit.
 

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