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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cheri, May 18, 2007.

  1. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many times should I feed the cockerals outside? I feed them early in the morning (hoping to hear one crow) and they act like they are starving! should I feed them at night before we go to bed?
     
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You should have food available for them 24/7. Unless they are meat birds, they will not overeat.
     
  3. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I did that, they wasted a lot of food. I got them a feeder. I also go get them weeds and worms and stuff. (not all the time but as a snack). Ok I will make sure they have it all the time. We are working on getting the coop into the garden so they can finally get out in the yard. I have 3 big dogs that Im scared to let near my chickens so I have to reinforce the fence.


    ps. What are meat birds?
     
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  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Meat birds are Cornish or Cornish Crosses that are raised for eating. They reach their optium weight at around 6 weeks old. If you do not restrict their food they will eat themselves to death (they get heart and other problems associated with weight).
     
  5. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cheri: Raising the feeder up higher should help decrease waste. Make then the same height as the smallest ones back.
     
  6. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cheri, since I got mine a hanging feeder, there has been 0 waste. None. I laughed at Hot Rod the other day; she was trying to stick her foot up in there to scratch the food, but it kept swinging away from her.
     
  7. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I will check into that. I have now cut my flock down by four. I found homes for 4 cockerals. I kept two possibly three. Im still not sure what that one is.

    Quote:Aha. I just got RIR's Ancona's and one Leghorn.
     
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