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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:53 pm 
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I have been buying Baristock Chick Starter by the kg from the produce store, which was fine when I only hatched a few chicks.

I now have 12 x 2 day old chicks and 5 x 4wk olds so I am wondering if I should buy the 20kg bag??
The cockerels however will end up being culled at about 6wks of age.

I don't want to have any left over so do you think both lots of these current chicks will eventually go though 20kgs?
I presume I have to feed them the medicated food until they are about 6-8wks old...maybe longer??


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:10 pm 
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I would advise against buying a 20kg bag, for two reasons firstly 17 chicks would not get through a bag, and secondly you should be at 4 weeks of age changing their feed to Chick Grower. I usually buy 5kg at a time for a similar number of chicks at $2.00/kg.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:18 pm 
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I disagree here.
Buy 20 kg. You can keep feeding it until it is gone, even if you cut it with grower if you still have some left after 6/8 weeks. Lauke and Barastoc both recomend starter until 6/8 weeks. It will still be more cost effective than buying small quantities. Medicated grower feed at about 6/8 weeks until POL. The 16 - 18 weeks recommended on some brands is really for the commercial type birds which come into lay earlier than most others.
5kg x $2kg = $10
20 kg = $25


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:42 pm 
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What Sue said. Just keep feeding it to them till it's used up.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:06 pm 
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Thanks for that. It works out that I am paying just about double to buy it in small quantities.

I will start cutting it with grower, as you say Sue, when they get to 6 wks old.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:35 pm 
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i agree with Sue too. I always buy by the 20kg bag (generally hatch about a dozen at thee most) and I just keep them on it until it is gone. Then i to grower till it runs out or they start to lay. Any grower left i feed to the cockerels or roosters lol

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:57 pm 
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I don't use medicated - usually Laucke Gamebird Starter (high protein) - so whatever is left over from a bag, feed with lower protein pellets as damp mash until bag finished. Can't be worse than the protein boost of cooking and feeding back surplus eggs to hens every few weeks (can it)?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:11 pm 
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I also don't use medicated feed and use Laucke Gamebird Starter which can be diluted with lower protein feed, including grain,for any age or type of poultry as Possum said.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:43 am 
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If you don't mind me asking, how much does the Gamebird Starter typically compare in price to the Chick Starter? Chick starter around here tends to be around the $24-25 mark.

*edit* I just had a thought in my very sleep-addled brain that I have actually asked this question once before...lol.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:09 pm 
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For the record,Gamebird Starter is $32.50 for 20 kg at my local feed store. It is 28% protein.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:18 pm 
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I don't use chick grower and just use chick starter until point of lay


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:58 pm 
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Cool, thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:49 pm 
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I don't bother with starter at all, start mine on the barastoc grower and they do fine ( 2 % less protein but as I am growing small breeds thats ok )still medicated and not quite as fine so less waste for me and they can eat it for longer

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