Whats the reason chicks can not have anything but starter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by christina1982, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. christina1982

    christina1982 Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2011
    Whats the reason chicks can not have anything but starter?

    I know it's a dumb question but could someone tell me why. I just started raising chicks about 4 months ago and this is one thing I do not know [​IMG] .

    Thanks in advance!
  2. XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX

    XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Chicks need more protein for their muscles and feathers to grow in strong. Also, any other feed may have too much calcium, which can cause deformities and sometimes, some serious health problems.
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    You do not have to feed chick starter. But you do not want to feed the chicks layer feed either - as the calcium is too high for their little bodies.

    I feed Flock Raiser - high in protein for muscle development, low in calcium (so a bowl of oyster shells is set out for pecking thru) and good for a whole flock - chicks, chickens, ducklings, ducks, goslings, geese - you get the picture.

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