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how many times a day to check on baby chicks

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I was just wondering how many times throughout the day do you have to check on baby chicks. I have to go to school everyday and there's no one at the house for like 8 hours, could I leave chicks alone for that long?
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As long as they have food and water and a safe place to hang out they will be fine for 8 hours...
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How much food and water should I leave them with?

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I use the chick feeder that screws onto a 1 qt mason jar.  I have 2 of those hanging in our brooder for 32 chicks and leave them for free choice.  I also have a 1 gallon jug with poultry nipples on the bottom for water.

 

I usually fill both the food and water at least once a day (every 24 hours) whether they are out or not, just to be sure that they do not run out.

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Enough food and water so they don't run out, it will increase as they continue to grow... One day of watching them and you should have a good idea on how much they are eating and drinking, extra food and water never hurts so be generous before you leave for school...

I currently have 18 chicks in the brooder, they are about a week and a half old, they are drinking about a quart of water a day and eating about a 16oz Solo cup of food a day, maybe more... Water I can estimate a lot easier then food as I top off their food bowl whenever it gets low never really pay attention to how much is left or added, water is filled fresh every day so I have a better idea on that consumption...
Edited by MeepBeep - 4/22/16 at 7:43pm
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