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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bethwood01, Nov 4, 2016.
Need to pick up some more feed for my 6 week old chicks. What should I look for at tractor supply?
Are you feeding laying birds or meat birds?
A starter or grower ration or an all-flock type product such as Flock Raiser, etc would be appropriate for laying birds of this age.
If they are meat birds a nice "finisher" feed would be appropriate at 6 weeks and beyond.
My choice from TSC would be Flock Raiser by Purina.
I like to feed a flock raiser/grower/finisher 20% protein crumble full time to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.
The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.
Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.
Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.