Originally Posted by mobius
or similar to "50 million (or is it 60 now?) Frenchmen can't be wrong"
Originally Posted by Blooie
How much food they go through also depends on how many times you have to dump out a large part of of their feeder because they've filled it with poop or other yucky stuff and how much they spill or scratch out. So your best bet is to monitor the food consumption over the time the bag lasts and make a determination from there on how much to pick up next time. Just too many variables to specifically say exactly that "5 pounds of food with 2 chicks should last 3 weeks."
Yep Don't put a lot of food in their feeder all at once with only 2 chicks. They are little, they won't eat much each day. Just put in enough that they don't run out. That way if they poop in it or bill it out, not much is wasted.
Originally Posted by dragonthehunter
I'm going to be using sand for bedding is this a good idea or???? and thank you all for all the help
oh and also medicated started or non medicated?
I used paper towels in the bathtub with the 2012 chicks. Easy to pick up and replace. The 2015 girls were out in the coop with a broody so they were on pine shavings. No issues with them thinking it was food.
I don't do medicated feed either. I think of it as being somewhat like the now banned (or soon to be banned?) feeding of antibiotics as a prophylactic in commercial livestock operations. It isn't the same as a vaccination against viruses. If they aren't sick, don't medicate.
Originally Posted by Coop de Grass
I am so jealous! How did you transition them?
I wimped out last night when I went out and heard them pitieously making the panic cheep....
Panic cheep because they couldn't get to their MHP? Or because it was dark? Or because they weren't with the older birds?
I'm a bit confused about the comment that they didn't follow the broody into the coop. If she is brooding chicks, she will make sure they are in at bedtime.If she doesn't she isn't brooding them.