"Chick-proofing" a Chick Feeder - Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eznet2u, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We recently got 5 Cornish Cross Chicks. I have been told to withhold food for 12 hours a day.(during the night) (They are a week old)

    We have this feeder...
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    They can empty half of it on the floor of the brooder in about 20mins.
    This is very wasteful, not to mention that they can now pick through the bedding and eat all night.

    Does anyone have any way to stop this? Should I glue toothpicks in a X pattern over each hole?
    1/4" Screening over each hole?

    Your suggestions are welcome.
     
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  2. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine all they can eat for the first 4 weeks 24 hours a day. I may start limiting their food to 12 hours a day after 4 weeks, depending on what they look like. You need to keep food available for them 24 hours a day for at least 3-4 weeks.

    The last batch I left feed out 24 hours a day until the day before slaughter.

    Mine never wasted one little piece of food. If you do take the food away they will clean up the scraps in no time.

    I would use the feeder as is and not worry about it. Or you can place the feeder on a piece of cardboard and if they spill any you can take the cardboard out and the feeder after 12 hours. Then there is nothing left for them.

    I hope you have a bunch of those feeders. They will drain one of those in no time.
     
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  3. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would suggest turning out the light. they usually don't eat in the dark.

    RobertH
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  4. Daddas1Punkin

    Daddas1Punkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only problem with that is they are getting pasty put from it...



    They would get too cold, they are only one week old, and 68f in the house.

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    Thanks anyway guys... [​IMG]
     
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  5. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting a frisbee under that feeder is what worked for me. The frisbee I used is about 3/4 inch larger than the base of the feeder. They scrape the feed out of the holes and into the frisbee, which is too narrow to scrape out. I haven't found anymore piles of feed lost under the shavings anymore.
     
  6. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is an excellent Idea!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] now...where is that Frisbee...
     
  8. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got the advice here on this site. [​IMG] Now that my chicks are a little older, I've started putting the grit in the frisbee. It all gets mixed together, but I know the little ones are getting some.
     

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