A question about feed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mhoward92, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. mhoward92

    mhoward92 Songster

    Oct 5, 2007
    well when im empting their brooder im finding TONS of loose crumbles mixed in with their bedding. im wasting so much food!!! my question is their feeder is running out very fast but i now know were it all really is. its in their bedding!!! should i let them eat some of it up before i fill their feeder back up? they seem to be searching for it down there and eating off the ground. Most people just say that you should keep their feeder full 24/7 but i see it as being TOTALLY WASTEFUL. What do you all think??

    - reply and let me know

  2. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    THey don't eat it during the night while you're sleeping? I just switched my guys (>1 wk) to the long tray b/c the little bowl feeder I was giving them dissapeared and so did all their 'dropped food' way before evening.
    Don't know if that helped at all LOL
  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    I would always keep some feed in their feeder, but it is natural for them to want to scratch around for food, too. Just try to keep the poo to a minimum and add a bit of fresh litter as you remove the soiled litter. I don't have baby chicks, but my youngest pullet to my oldest (rooster) eat from the feeder, coop floor bedding, and pen ground! They are all healthy (at the moment!). [​IMG]

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