What is best to feed your young chicks

skulage

Hatching
10 Years
Oct 4, 2009
1
0
7
Missouri
I'm starting my first flock and have the eggs that will be ready at the end of the month to hatch. I was wondering what is the best thing to feed the tiny ones once they have join us. I have been reading around the internet and have a idea but i would love to hear everyone else import.
thanks
 

Elite Silkies

Crowing
10 Years
Jun 17, 2009
5,410
55
251
Oklahoma
My Coop
My Coop
I use Medicated Chick Starter 18% and use my magic bullet to grind it up about the size of corn meal. JMO they eat it alot better and they eat alot more too.

I wasn't grinding it up until I found it on website on the internet, so decided to try it and it works really well for them, and is so much easier for them to it.
 

HBuehler

Songster
10 Years
Jun 30, 2009
2,557
30
181
Lebanon TN
We use a feed made at our feed store that started as a hatchery
big_smile.png
They all start on starter food which is a high protein feed-not looking but it's 22 or 24% that is already a mash texture and real easy for the little ones to eat. When they are around 8 weeks we put them on grower which is 18%.The higher protein really helps them feather quicker and in this colder weather that is even more important-I'm still hatching as well.Sitting the last ones today.
 

Sissy

Songster
12 Years
Jul 18, 2007
2,764
16
191
Sevier county, Tn.
I too start my babes on chix starter food non medicated.
but also add hard boiled chopped eggs and they love it.
and a little sugar in their water then at 4 weeks
I began adding ACV to a gal. of water 2tablesp.
and they are kept on that always.
 

Ridgerunner

Crossing the Road
12 Years
Feb 2, 2009
27,860
22,014
907
Southeast Louisiana
Lots of people do lots of different things. This site gives you the basics of feeding them. If you follow this exactly you will be about as efficient as you can get on producing eggs, but they will likely taste a lot like the store-bought eggs. I like to supplement mine by letting them range when I can and very regularly feeding them greens and other garden stuff.

Oregon State Feeding Chickens
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/html/pnw/pnw477/#anchor1132074

For the first week I ground my crumbles in a blender as they were picking out the little stuff and leaving the bigger chunks. After they were about a week old, they preferred the bigger cunks. And when I switched from crumbles to pellets at 20 weeks age, they picked out the pellets and left the crumbles. Many peope report exactly the opposite. Chickens are not consistent.
 

cjexotic

Cj's Mandarin Ducks
11 Years
Mar 11, 2008
1,585
39
216
Central PA
I use Game Bird Starter Grower (non med) higher protein. My vet said I would see less fatality in chicks by going to the higher protein for the chicks especially in the silkies. It is usually a buck more than the chick starter for chickens but well worth it. I have only lost a couple chicks since I started feeding that.
 

Ol'FashionHen

Songster
11 Years
Oct 24, 2008
995
1
139
The South
If I order chicks, I will give then Purina medicated chick starter.

If hen does the hatching and tending I give them NON-medicated because the hen will be eating the chick feed as well.

I only use Purina brand Feed - no animal protein in it.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom