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What do the newly hatched chicks eat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChicoChickens, May 13, 2009.

  1. ChicoChickens

    ChicoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Jun 27, 2008
    Chico, CA
    We have our first batch of chicks hatching today and that got me wondering... how do they start eating? Does the Mama Hen feed them like other birds or do they eventually dig into the feed like the other chickens? And, if they eat the feed, how soon do they start?
     
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    Yikes! Get ye over to your Tractor Supply or elevator and buy some chick starter - pronto! Mama hen will try to care for them, but you can make it easier on her (and them!) by supplying appropriate food.
     
  3. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    They need chick food.
    Be sure to post the results of your first broody hatch!!
     
  4. ChicoChickens

    ChicoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL, yes I know about the chick starter since that's what we gave ours when we first got them. Guess I was thinking when they are brand new hatchlings the Mama would feed them like baby birds... Yes, I'm a chicken dork. [​IMG]
     

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