What do you feed your chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by auntbee, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. auntbee

    auntbee Out Of The Brooder

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    We are getting our first chicks this week, I'm so excited! They will be 2 days old, and I would like to raise them as organic as possible. What do I feed them? Do they just eat regular feed or is there a special one since they're so young? Does anyone know where to get organic feed? Thanks!
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I only use unmedicated chick starter crumbles. Purina Mills has a good starter/grower. I can't get organic feeds here.
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They need a starter/grower food. I would think any of the chick starter crumbles would be considered organic as long as they weren't the medicated kind.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are not organic unless they are clearly labled as certified organic.

    Pesticide free grains from certified pesticide free feilds.
     
  5. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    MissPrissy...why do you feed unmedicated starter? I was thinking about doing it but was afraid of coccidiosis.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have never used medicated feeds. I have always felt it was best for my chickens to develop a natural immune system. I expose them to the ground at an early age and hope for the best. In 20 years so far I have never had a problem. I try to raise all of my animals as naturally as possible. So far so good.

    The only ones I vaccinate are my goats. It is recommended here they recieve a tetnus yearly and a CD&T booster.
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:This is good to know and makes perfect sense! I forgot about the pesticides used on the fields. [​IMG] Clearly, I just need to go back to bed! [​IMG]
     

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