Wet Mash

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gardenak, May 3, 2009.

  1. gardenak

    gardenak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been giving the babies a wet mash. They LOVE it. When I put the bowl in the brooder I start a feeding frenzy! They eat the regular chick starter too. Should I stop? Are they being spoiled?
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    wet mashed up chick starter?

    if it's mashed up starter, I don't see the problem

    the only problem I could see is if you were overfeeding the treats or if they started holding out for treats and not eating their starter
     
  3. gardenak

    gardenak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it's their chick starter.
     
  4. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are excited about eating and hydrating at the same time! Job well done![​IMG]
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Mine love it too. I use Nutrena chick starter unmedicated. The feed is like a powder. I mix it with water and they love it, so do the ducks. You can also add a bit of molasses as a treat.
     
  6. gardenak

    gardenak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hadn't thought about molasses. Great idea! Thanks
     
  7. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also add some mashed up banana or applesauce. I also use non-medicated Nutrena and I think I like it better than Sunfresh(purina), so far. It smells fresher to me and the crumbles are nice and consistant, so far not too much powder. Anyhow, I give my babies the same mix with warm water and they just gobble it like crazy. I think it is soo cute to see them so happy about it.
     
  8. artsyrobin

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    mine love the wet crumbles- and even dust bath in it!
     
  9. gardenak

    gardenak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :lol:Mine did too! What a mess they make! Yesterday I put them pine shavings so that helps clean them up somewhat.
     
  10. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, I never even thought about feeding them wet mash until I had ducks and chicks hatch at the same time and I knew the baby ducks needed wet mash to get a good start. I was so surprised when the baby chicken started wolfing the stuff down too and the baby turkey even loves it. I credit the wet mash as the reason this baby turkey has done so well.
     

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