Switching Chick Feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenkassai, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. jenkassai

    jenkassai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    Hello all! I am going to need to buy more chick crumbles this week. Can I just switch the chicks to a different feed, or do I need to do it gradually, slowly mixing more and more of the new food in? Nothing wrong with what I started with, it's just out of the way and there are a couple of feed stores on my way home from work.

  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi jenkassai,

    I usually try to gradually get our birds used to different feed by adding it gradually but there have been times when I wasn't able to go that route and just gave them the new feed and never had a problem. A few of our girls turned their "noses" up when we switched them from crumbles to pellets but got over the change once they got hungry enough. [​IMG]

    Hope this is some help!

  3. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

    Apr 22, 2011
    Gumboro, Delaware
    Having had that experience with some bitties that were shipped to me that were on one feed and I used another....it will, sometimes, cause pasty butt. I would look at each one daily. I am sure they will eat it OK, they will just be a bit slow more than likely., but they will eat it. They are ruled by their stomach. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Thankfully, I have never met an animal more ruled by it's stomach than a chicken. You could convince a chicken to do anything if you offer it food. Along that vein, chickens will eat pretty much anything.

    You can switch the feed no problem. They probably won't even notice the difference, they'll be so busy eating. Just make sure it fits their dietary needs, and is appropriate for their age. They'll take care of the eating part.

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