Vitamins and Electrolytes for Day Old Chicks and Chickens


One of the most common questions customers ask is how they can rejuvenate their day old chicks after they arrive. We typically recommend that our customers provide their day old chicks with some sugar water, as this will give them some energy after their journey to your local post office. However, to ensure they receive top notch care after delivery, our customers now have the option to add a chick energy vital-pack to their order that can be sent along with their chicks. This will ensure that you can immediately provide your young chicks with an optimal blend of vitamins and electrolytes as soon as they arrive, and you can continue to provide them with these nutrients throughout adulthood (following directions for use). The chick energy vital-pack comes in a powder form that is added to water at a concentration of 1/10 teaspoon per gallon of water. The chick energy vital-pack will include enough powder to make approximately 250 gallons of vitamin/electrolyte solution. 

What are the Benefits of Vitamin Supplementation for Chicks and Chickens?
Vitamin A- Lack of vitamin A in a chick's diet may increase the chances of poor appetite, poor growth, and overall weakness. In adult chickens, lack of Vitamin A may lead to decreased egg production. It is always a good idea to supplement your chicken's diet with sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes to provide an additional source of vitamin A. Additionally, because day old chicks are not yet accustomed to these foods, it is always a good idea to mix their water with the chick energy vital-pack, to ensure they receive adequate vitamins and electrolytes. (Click "Read More" to continue to full article)

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Feed and Nutrition for Ducks

Feed and Nutrition for Ducks

Feed and Nutrition for Ducks Young ducklings require water, carbohydrates, and protein in order to survive before and after they are delivered to you. In order to provide proper nutrition for your ducklings during shipment, we recommend orderering Gro-Gel which we will include for your ducklings to eat while in transit.

What is Gro-Gel?
Gro-Gel is a special formula that has a jello-like consistency with a vibrant green color, designed for day old ducklings to enhance the development of their immune and gastrointestinal systems. It is prepared and attached to a plastic trough during shipment, so that your ducklings can receive proper nutrition during shipment. Gro-Gel will hydrate and provide nutrition to your ducklings during shipment. Gro-Gel contains grains, proteins, fish-by products, vitamins, and amino acids. Gro-Gel will reduce the stresses of shipping and travel for your ducklings.


Gro-Gel can be added to your order of ducklings during checkout. We recommend ordering 1 pack for every six ducklings in your order.

What to Feed Day Old Ducklings?
After your ducklings arrive, feed them duck starter feed to provide proper nutrition. Duck starter feed should contain the right amounts of proteins and vitamins. Plan on ten ducklings eating about a pound of duck starter feed per day. Make sure to always provide water for your ducklings as well.

What to Feed Young Ducks?

After your ducklings are 4 weeks old, we recommend transitioning to duck maintainer feed. Duck maintainer feed should be slowly added to duckling starter feed for the first week to make the transition from duck starter to duck maintainer feed. Duck maintainer feed should be fed to your ducklings until they start laying eggs, once your ducklings start laying you should transition to duck mash feed.

What to Feed Adult Ducks?
Duck mash feed should be fed to your ducks as soon as they start laying eggs. You may also supplement duck mash feed with calcium or osyster shell supplement depending on the density of the egg shells your ducklings are laying.

Duck feed for ducks of all ages can be purchased at californiahatchery.com!

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What to Feed Chickens

What to Feed Chickens

Chickens require different kinds of feed at different stages in their life. Chickens are omnivores, which means they will eat just about anything from worms, vegetablkes, fruits, flowers, and grass. However, you should consider feeding your chickens feed with the proper amount of protein and nutrients designed to keep your chickens healthy.

To get started, we have listed the kinds of feeds to provide for your chickens at different stages in their lives:

Chicks- Should be fed organic chick starter feed with at least 20% crude protein, and other ingredients to include lysine, crude fat, crude fiber, calcium, phospohorus, and salt. Other ingredients in chick starter feed may include corn, soybean meal, dicalcium phosphate, diatomaceous earth, lime, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, kelp, dried lactobacillus fermentation product, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, folic acid supplement, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, and Vitamin B12 supplement. Chick starter feed should be fed to your chicks up to 14 weeks of age before transitioning to chicken layer developer feed.

Chicken layer developer feed contains the same ingredients as chick starter, except it should have less protein- generally around %17 crude protein. Chicken layer developer should be fed from 14 weeks of age until your chickens start to lay eggs, at which point you should switch to Organic Layer Mash Feed, or Organic Layer Pellet Feed. Organic Layer Mash Feed and Organic Layer Pellet Feed should contain about %16 crude protein and various amounts of other minerals. It should be fed to chickens that are laying eggs in order to provide the right amount of nutrients for your chickens!
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