A good chick starter should contain the five major nutrient groups which are: Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat, Mineral & Vitamins. Multiple sources of these nutrients are utilized to balance the ration. When provided in the proper amounts they will support muscle, bone, internal organs, fat and feather growth. The MFM 18% chick start/grow crumbles can provide the needed nutrients to allow the chicks to reach the laying stage. This feed should be available to the chicks all the time and kept fresh to encourage feed intake.
Be sure to provide plenty of fresh clean water that is easily accessible. There is a direct relationship between the amount of water consumed and the amount of feed eaten. If water is not available the chicks will stop eating.
Another important point is to provide shelter for the chicks to protect them from the elements and predators. If shade and/or air movement are limiting in the summer for example the chicks may get too hot which will cause them to stop eating. This demonstrates the importance of providing the chicks with adequate shelter.
To successfully raise the chicks from hatch to laying there are several factors to consider. The previous information covers the basics for raising young chicks.