What to feed Mom?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LifeOnTheMt, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. LifeOnTheMt

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    Chicks are about 8 weeks old now. I've read that mama will stop mothering around 4-5 weeks old? What can we feed mama to help egg production that is also not harmful to young chicks?
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Unmedicated chick starter or multiflock. Offer oyster shell on the side for Mama.
     
  3. LifeOnTheMt

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    They are all on chick starter. Will oyster shell harm the littles or can they all eat it?
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    Won't harm them. Simply offer it in separate container, or toss it on the ground.
     
  5. LifeOnTheMt

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    We will do this today. Thank you so much![​IMG]
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is mama still sleeping with the chicks?
    Has she taught them to roost?
    8 weeks is long, but not unprecedented.
     
  7. LifeOnTheMt

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    Yes, mama has taught them to roost. Picked up oyster shells yesterday. Loving these peeps!
     
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  9. LifeOnTheMt

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    Yes these are our only birds. What does that mean "moma might not shun/wean them"?
     
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