Very large crumbles in chick starter.....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Cetawin, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I did an awful thing...I sent my husband to the feed store! [​IMG] I gave these instructions....grab a 5 or 10 lb bag of chick starter for the girls.

    He brings back a 10 lb bag that has chick starter written all over it and I opened it, poured it into their large food container and noticed the crumbles were really big. I put it in their feeder last night and by noon today, they had hardly eaten anything. I saw the girls and heard them at the feeder as usual but no food was really missing.

    So, I fixed it! I took the crumbles, some rolled oats and a tiny bit of flax seeds and mixed it. I then ground the entire 10 lbs of starter, flax and oats in the coffee grinder on course grind. [​IMG]

    I gave it to the girls and they went NUTS. They ate like they had not eating on a week then promptly stretched out and went to sleep. [​IMG]

    I called the feed store and the owner told me she had the 'kids' weigh and bag the starter and never saw it. I have a feeling my girls are eating a food that is a step up. So off tomorrow I go to the co-op for starter.

    Has anyone else had a bag of starter that had large/larger crumbles in it? I was so ticked because I do not think my girls ate any of it becuase they couldn't which means my babies were hungry for about 13 hours...except for their cooked oatmeal and their egg. :mad:
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2008
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I only buy starter crumbles because I think mash is wasteful and too much of a powder. Even the little silkie babies manage to eat the crumbles no problem. The crumbles I get are about the size of rice grains and larger, up to split pea sized.
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Well I broke it up and they are eating it...the way it was the crumbles were just too big. Very odd.
     
  4. StellaRella

    StellaRella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get my chick food from Del's Feed and Farm Supply. Their crumbles are bigger and my chicks seem just fine with it. I like the bigger crumbles because theres so much less waste. The Purina stuff I was getting was 40% powder. No joke.
     

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