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what should my 5 week old chicks be eating

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PipieTuke, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. PipieTuke

    PipieTuke Out Of The Brooder

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    what should i feed them they are cute and need food so they can become fat so they will be even more cute. fat chickens are cute i also want to feed my chicks the correct thing chickens are cool. i love chickens and i want to feed them the healthy choice[​IMG][​IMG]chickens rule the world
     
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi! They should be getting chick starter crumbles at from a feed store like Tractor Supply, Agway, or whatever else is in your area. Medicated feed is a good idea so they don't get Coccidiosis. If you want, you could also feed them a sort of 'flock raiser' pellet. On the bag it will say something to the effect that it is appropriate for all ages of birds. If you get chick starter crumbles that are combined starter and grower, that means that you can keep feeding them that up until they start laying. Some people like to put them on grower/developer feed at about 8 weeks until they start laying. Don't feed them layer feed until they're older and start laying. Before then, the calcium is unnecessary and it will hurt their kidneys. They will also like treats like fresh fruit and stuff like corn, oats, and other grains. However, these treats should only make up a small portion of their diet at any age, the main thing should be a balanced chicken feed. This will keep them the healthiest and make sure they get enough nutrition. Right now, they should also have a bowl of chick grit available all the time, which helps them grind up food.

    So, the short answer is: medicated chick starter/grower from your local feed store.
    Good luck! [​IMG]

    Edited to recommend this article.
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016
  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Please know that while "fat" chickens are cute, they can become overweight very quickly. An overweight chicken can have difficulty laying eggs, and is at risk of having a vent prolapse,among other things.
    The advice from BuffOrpington88 is perfect. Enjoy raising your babies!
     

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