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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tara7815, Sep 20, 2009.
How much feed should 17 day old chicks be going through per day (starter medicated mash)
That depends on breed and type of feeder I think. My 15 chicks (all layers no meaties) that are about 1-1/2 months old have just about finished their first 50# bag of starter.
I have 25 chicks at 3 months old. I have a 5 gal feeder. I fill the feeder about every 3 days. My 50# bags of Starter/Grower last for around 2/3 weeks.
I was told that a good way to figure it is, each chick goes through about 10 lbs of chick feed in its first 10 weeks of life, so about 1 lb each week per chick. I think that includes what they waste by kicking it onto the floor into their pine shavings...
Yes they eat A LOT. I call mine "chicken-pigs"
My 41 that hatched over the weekend are eating a quart of chick starter every day..overall though we feed a few hundred pounds a week.
As much as they want! (Little piggies)