whats the best for the tiny ones.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sissy, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never having Silkies
    I want to be exact in their care and feeding,
    I hatched from Cjexotic 4
    beautiful silkies
    and have them on starter feed, dumor crumbles, But it seems to cause an odor
    when they do their BM now my older cochins are on purina pellets and have
    no odor.
    I, would like to change to
    Purina , can they eat starter pellets? They are 3weeks old.
    Are silkies to small of a breed.to eat pellets
    and should they always be fed crumbles due to their small size/
    anyone haveing silkies Help... [​IMG]
     
  2. HappySlappyFarm

    HappySlappyFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    At three weeks old I wouldnt give them pellets. You could crush them up though. I use a coffee grinder that attaches to my blender. You dont need to grind them for long or else it turns into powder. I too was using the NASTY dumor & switched a few weeks ago. I had been using Dumor for 6 months then read about complaints about the food causing strong odor. I read on BYC about other people complaining about Dumor & they switched to Purina as well & saw a HUGE different in their chickens poo & smell. Their feed also has been recalled on several occasions. ALSO the last 3 times I went to buy the dumor, it was INFESTED with bugs. The last bag I bought my chickens were acting "almost" sick but not quite. They had the runs & weren't eating as much. Since I switched I saw a difference in them in just 3 days. No more smelly runs & they perked up & became more active. Now I'm seeing their feathers become more shiny & a lot less pooing. It seems the dumor (somehow) goes right through them. At least it seemed that way for me.
    Smell the Purina then smell the dumor feed, <<IT STINKS!
     
  3. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    Why can't you just use Purina Chick Starter crumbles?
     
  4. HappySlappyFarm

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    They don't have to be fed the crumbles for life. Once they're big enough then you can give them the pellets. I know theyre quite a bit smaller so I would wait till they're a good size (about 3-4 months). That's just my opinion & my silkies are kinda big though lol. Just use your best judgement. Maybe someone else will come along on here & have some insight as well. [​IMG]
     
  5. HappySlappyFarm

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    Quote:I kinda wondered the same..... Can you find the crumbles? I haven't seen them at my feed store, not sure why.
     
  6. HappySlappyFarm

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    Miss. Prissy [​IMG]
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I havent been able to find the crumbles from Purina.
    but I can grind the pellets .If I dont have any luck.

    and how old is Ms.Prissy she is a real beauty.
    do you bath her.

    thanks for the info and if you have more Ican use all the help
    Ican get. also can they be in a coop with standard hens.
    or do they need a coop of their own,. because they are delicate?

    thanks
     
  8. feedstorechick

    feedstorechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are feeding Dumor, you should be able to find Purina. Dumor is a Tractor Supply brand and they became Purina dealers a few weeks ago.
     
  9. ArizonaNessa

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    Purina Chick Starter crumbles is not a rare item from Purina. I think if I were in your shoes I would ask my local purina dealer if they wouldn't mind ordering some of it in. Seems really odd to me that the feedstore's Purina rep didn't send it to them in the first place. Most feedstores (or at least the ones in this part of the country) are more than happy to order in products at customers requests. It makes for good business [​IMG]
     
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  10. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our TSC hasnt had the starter from Purina crumbles so I will ask them to order it or I can get the pellets and grind them down.
    but I have noticed their shelves are rather empty.
    hummm ..
     

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