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starter feed advice

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimpaw, May 19, 2008.

  1. kimpaw

    kimpaw In the Brooder

    Feb 29, 2008
    I am not sure my feed and seed guy gave me the right advice on feeding. He sold me blue seal grower-cal mash for starting my chicks( they are one week old). and said giving chickens grit was a thing of the past. I would appreciate a few other opinions. I think I prefer a non-medicated starter. what are the trade offs, thanks,kimpaw
  2. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    I would deffinately get them on chick starter. I personally use medicated but it is different for other people.[​IMG][​IMG]:weee:ya
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Your one week old chicks are not ready for grower. They need chick starter. Medicated or not is up to you. I personally don't think it does any harm and can do good. Harder to find non-medicated in most places.
    Grit is not a thing of the past. Your chicks will need it once they start eating solid food other than their chick starter. Once they are out in a run they can usually find it themselves in the dirt, but it's inexpensive and doesn't hurt to offer it.
  4. kimpaw

    kimpaw In the Brooder

    Feb 29, 2008
    thanks I will get them on starter today. Is play sand a good grit? How do I present it? Are tent caterpillars a good treat? how soon? Kimpaw

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