Can you overfeed chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TeaKettleK, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. TeaKettleK

    TeaKettleK In the Brooder

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    I've got 25 2-week-old (assorted sr brown egg-laying) chicks. Cute as all get-out and making me feel like a first-time-mama all over again... Went through the 5lbs of starter we got from the hatchery in about a week so I bought the 50lb bag of Purina medicated start-&-grow (?) and a week later the darn thing is much more than 1/2 gone. Am I over-feeding? Is that even possible? I don't mind feeding them as much as they want, if that's the right thing to do...

    I read all the books... I thought I was ready! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Overfeeding is impossible with chicks. They eat a lot, they grow a lot. They don't eat to much. Yours are fine.
     
  3. dsedler

    dsedler Chirping

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    I wouldn't worry about overfeeding chicks. I do wonder how much they might be wasting. Can you see any that has spilled into the bedding that they won't eat? I honestly can't remember how much food my 16 chicks went through. I feel that young chicks should have all the food they want to eat. Like the last poster said, they are growing fast and need the nutrition.
     
  4. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

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    My 22 2 1/2 week old RIR chicks have eaten about 30lbs of feed so far. I swear, it seems they eat more that the big ones.

    Marty
     
  5. TeaKettleK

    TeaKettleK In the Brooder

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    Thank you! [​IMG]

    There really isn't much in the bedding, I think I toss out more when the feeders get shavings in them. They must just be little piggies! [​IMG] Lots of growing to do, it makes sense, they need unrestricted access to good food.

    Look at my day-old-fluffies pictures, they HAVE grown a ton! At least I know where it's all going, right? [​IMG]
     

  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Hybrid meat birds can sometimes need to be put on restricted feed, but not egg laying or dual purpose breeds. Give them all they want.

    .....Alan.
     

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