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Yikes! Feeding chicks layer crumbles.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dizzychicken, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. dizzychicken

    dizzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    My babies just hatched out yesterday. I put them some layer crumbles to eat but now read it can kill them. I can't get to the feed store till 3:00 this afternoon. Should I pull the feed they have in there now or leave it till I can replace it with chick crumbles?

    Gosh I am a hoping and a praying that I haven't hurt the lil peeps.

    Also should I give them a little yogurt? They are a day old.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    I think they will be fine if it is just today but I am hoping someone who knows better will let you know for sure. I would not bother with yogurt yet.
  3. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Take it away immediately!!!
    They should be fine until you get some chick starter...
    {hopefully they will be ok after eating the other }

    Good Luck [​IMG]
  4. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    One day won't have hurt them, you can withhold til you get there around three or four. Yogurt wouldn't solve the problem - since it's too high a mineral level including calcium that is the problem, and yogurt has more calcium. Too much for several days in tiny chicks would be bad.

    You can feed just scrambled eggs til later if you're freaked at withholding food.

    You can feed chick or game starter. I happen to feed game starter but chick starter is fine.

    Hang in there.
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I have read that people start their chicks on plain oatmeal. [​IMG]
  6. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    I agree that one day shouldn't hurt. Don't stress out. They will be fine.
  7. dizzychicken

    dizzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    Whew thanks yall. They have barely even touched it and I think most haven't even eaten any yet. I will just take it out and have the wait till 3. They are all just a peepin and running around and ignoring the food I had in there anyway so a couple of hours won't hurt them.

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