Chicks eating alot of food

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SteveMadonnaJ, May 5, 2016.

  1. SteveMadonnaJ

    SteveMadonnaJ In the Brooder

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    This Saturday we will have our Rhode Island Red pullets for a week (they are approximately 2 wks old). They have nearly gone through a 5 pd bag or Nature's Best Organic Chick Starter/Grower food. Is this normal? They are growing and prospering very well.
     

  2. DawnKD

    DawnKD In the Brooder

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    I bet a lot of it is getting beaked out of the feeder and you need to raise it a little higher so they can't waste as much. The chick starter is generally pretty flaky/light stuff and they do like to throw it about as they scratch and do their lil chick things.
     
  3. SteveMadonnaJ

    SteveMadonnaJ In the Brooder

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    It is raised, and very little is wasted
     
  4. How many chicks?
     

  5. SteveMadonnaJ

    SteveMadonnaJ In the Brooder

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    8 .... sorry
     
  6. You never mentioned how many you had...

    Here are the average weekly feed consumption levels for full sized laying pullet chicks, from week 1 to week 9

    Edit scrap that chart, it was for broilers...

    For layers you can expect each one to eat about 10 lbs of food in the first 10 weeks...

    So with 8 chickens you are looking at about 80 lbs of food in the first 10 weeks, this of course is proportional to their size, less now more later...

    ***Edit I see you posted 8 chicks, you should expect to have fed them about 5 lbs of feed in the fist two weeks...
     
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  7. I always buy the 40# bag of feed. 5 just doesn't go far enough, but they won't tell you that at the feed store cuz the smaller bags make more $. If it last to long, you can mix with the next bag of feed.
     
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  8. My first bag of starter lasted for 12 weeks for 3 barred rocks. And another 2.5 weeks for the next 10 more chicks. I actually do fermented feed.
     
  9. scrambled please

    scrambled please In the Brooder

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    It is normal, they eat a lot, I agree the feed stores don't say anything, I was sent home with 3lbs. My next bag was 40 or 50. $$$$
     


  10. We started 6 Welsummers, beginning the end of March. They've gone through most of a 20 lb bag of chick starter, and I picked up another bag yesterday after work.

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    They are happy healthy birds, and they eat their food with relish. Now that they are outside, I suspect that I'll see a reduction in their feed consumption. They are very good foragers.

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