Are my chicks eating too much?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SassyKat6181, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am filling the quart container once a day for 12 2 week old chicks. They are on the Blue Seal Med chick starter mash. It has been the last few days that they are eating this much. Is it because they are growing so fast? Their feathers are also coming in quickly. Should I be offering them anything else (besides grit and treats a few times a week)?Thanks
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Just be sure there is feed available all the time. Yes, they eat a lot because they are growing so fast.
     
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is still food in the bottom of the feeder when I refill the container, but I was just wondering if they should be going through so much in one day. I thought I bought chicks not pigs...lol [​IMG]
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All that poop has to come from somewhere....

    Yes, they should be eating that much. They need it for their rapid growth. Feathering out requires a lot of protein and nutrients.
     
  5. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wait till they're older. Free choice feed, free range all day, treats, and they still come running every time you go out the door. Hogs wearing feather boas!
     
  6. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they aren't meat breeds or cornish crosses, you will want them to eat a lot.
     
  7. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They're pigs, just with feathers. Chickens EAT.
     
  9. vatterpa

    vatterpa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well they have doubled or tripled in size in just a few weeks, so they need to eat that much. Think of a Baby, they eat a lot because they are growing aat a very high rate.

    Don't worry, your chooks are normal.
     

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