For newly hatched birds of any species, a complete feed in crumble form is the nutrition program of choice, regardless of other considerations. A complete-feed program for growing stock, particularly for laying and breeding stock, is also highly recommended. Advantages of complete-feed programs over mash-and-grain systems include the simplicity of feeding, accuracy of medication administration, improved balance of dietary nutrients, and superior feed conversion efficiency.
Regardless of the feeding system, recommendations of the feed manufacturer or the strain’s breeder company should be followed with regard to the feeding of extra calcium, grit, or whole grain. Fresh, clean water should always be readily available.