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Answered 2010-08-20 16:25:18

It's called "chick starter," medicated or non-chick starter or chick MASH. Watch out though: many brands of chick starter have 'animal byproducts' and 'animal fat' in them, as well as being loaded with chemicals. You want to try to get grain chick starter, without animal products in it. Also, there's really no need at all to have medicated feed. Sometimes the 'medication' does more harm than good.

Feed for Baby ChickensAsk For Scratch At A Feed Store, Southern States, etc. What I useNot to sound like an ad for Purina, but I have used all Purina feed which has worked quite well. For Purina brand, you'll want to start your chicks out on Purina Mills Start & Grow SunFresh Recipe. They can be fed this from hatch to laying age (approximately 18 weeks). I started adding Purina Mills Layena SunFresh Recipe gradually to the Start & Grow at about 14 weeks (to acclimate the chickens) until it was nothing but Layena. The Layena is for laying hens. There are other products available if you have show birds or are raising them for meat. They also have scratch (think of it as a snack for chickens), which my chickens absolutely love. More helpMany brands of Chick starter are available from all feed stores and comes as a medicated and non medicated product as per above. If this is not available to you the chicks can be started wih any brand of baby cereal (wheat, oats, barley and rice). This is the right size for the very young chick as they cannot manage the size of the bulk food well. It only takes a few weeks on this to get them to a size where they can be given commercial feed.

One of the best things though, is to simply grind up some corn and wheat. You can add a bit of water to make a mush, which they love. Also, a good thing to feed them is crushed oatmeal, dry or wet.

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