Type of feed question?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jackie_D, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Jackie_D

    Jackie_D In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2008
    Elkhart, IN
    Hi, we're new to chickens, hoping to pick up our first ones this Sunday at the swap in Knox, IN. Can someone please tell me the best type of feed for baby chicks? We're going to be going to a feed store tomorrow morning to pick some up so that we're all set and ready to go on Sunday. Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Pick up some medicated starter crumbles.
    Different stores and locations have different brands.
    One that is quite prevalent is Purina Start and Grow.

  3. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I was using a starter feed from Tyndale and my chicks did --- just alright but then I switched them to Purina start and grow and they are growing sooo much better. They really feathered out nice and doubled in size very quickly. I do not think that my start and grow is medicated though and I know it does not say medicated on the bag. You can go to the www.betteranimals.com site which is Purina and read about the different feeds they make for poultry there. Trudy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. professor-yellow

    professor-yellow Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    If you stay away from medicated you will have to be relentless on keeping the brooder clean and the litter dry.

    A 21 percent protien feed is a minimum to help with their fast development.
  5. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    Quote:This might throw her off a bit. I don't know. The Purina Start and Grow which people seem to like (and which I am using) is only 20 percent protein.....

    Seems okay, though....

  6. Frogdogtimestwo

    Frogdogtimestwo Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2008
  7. karrie

    karrie In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    Get some type of medicated crumbles, & have plenty of water for them.
  8. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    My chicks are 2 weeks old today and have been fed NON-medicated starter so far. I am bringing them home tomorrow and would like to put them on medicated starter.

    Is there any concern in simply filling their feeder with the medicated starter?

    Even though they are now 2 weeks old, will being on medicated feed now be enough to help prevent coccidiosis?

    I only have 4 chicks in total, all are Patridge Chantecler and it took forever to locate the breed and obtain them! I am anxious to not lose any!

    Thank you for any help.
  9. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    For chicks, any feed store should have "chick starter" whether it is Purina, Nutrena, etc it should be for chickens who are younger than 20 weeks.
  10. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    I would find a local feed store one that is close to you that sells a well known brand, and I am sure they will help you with a chick starter. You will need no less than a 20% protein. [​IMG]

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