Are my chickens eating alot?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by allquackedup, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. allquackedup

    allquackedup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have Rir's and 2 Delawares (9) total several weeks old chicks all in the same brooder house. They go through alot of food!!! We are wondering is there an average amount of food we can fiqure on each of these guys will eat. We keep food available but they always seem hungry. They are not free range yet. Any info will help. Thanks
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, for an estimate...

    4 cornish x meat birds gobbled up 50lbs of starter in just over 8 weeks, it took 18 leghorn chicks (adult's = 4 lbs, so small birds) to do in a second 50lb bag in the same time. I'd figure your birds to be somewhere in between. They do eat a TON of food either way!
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Plus they will always seem hungry, because they're kind of like opportunistic eaters. They'll gobble things up like there's no tomorrow and store it. That's normal.
     

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