The diet of a chick born in 1910
A diet for starting chicks from a book published in 1910 ( Book) says:
“We want to see the chicks hungry, let your chicks have enough food, but do not stuff them - feed little and often.”
The recommended mix for freerange birds was:
parts of the wheat grain after with a raw egg to make it stiff and crumbly.
Another diet from the same era recommends one part protein to two parts fat for chicks aged two weeks old, with beef scraps, dried blood, animal meal or finelyground green bone.
For growing birds, another book of the same time recommends one pound of oats, one pound of wheat, half a pound of corn and half a pound of beef scraps. They
also had to have access to greens
and insects from a free-range
alfalfa or clover pasture, or a
Successful Poultry Keeping
(1907) recommended including two or more grains, (2/3 cracked corn to 1/3 clipped oats), animal worry about how much of each ingredient is right as it has already been formulated with a lot more accuracy thanks
to avian nutritionists,
a lot of science, and computers.
All that is left for you is to know which food is right for the age and the size of bird
you have, and either increase,
decrease, or bulk out what you
(1910) https://archive.org/details/chickbookfrombre00reli • Successful poultry keeping (1907) https://archive.org/details/successfulpoultr00reli_0 • The Daily Mail Poultry Book (1921) http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook/the_daily_mail_poultry_book_1000844563