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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:23 pm 

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I've just gotten 4 new chicks to add to my flock of 2 silkies (18-20 weeks old/ haven't started laying).
These 4 chicks are currently in quarantine in my garage.
I have 2 x isa browns - 4 weeks
1x sussex & 1x plymouth barred - 8-10 weeks.

I asked the breeder what she recommends for food, she said chick starter- I brought that.

First night home, i gave them all chick starter- hungry little things!

I'm concerned that i need to give the older chickens the 8 week to point of lay feed, but will the young chicks eat it?

Thanks in advance

PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:21 pm 
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If you have these new birds all together it is going to be difficult to control who eats what. There is no harm continuing chick feed until the older ones are about 12 weeks, even older. Do your younder ones still need some heat?
If they are separate you could consider starting the older ones on grower but it really would be ok to just use up the chick feed and then move on when the bag is empty.
If the chick feed has a chemical cocci protection, make sure you dont eat the eggs from layers if they get to it. (I use a feed with an oregano derivative to avoid this problem.)

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