Chicks wasting more than they eat!

natemoore1986

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Okay, from what I gather from your replies, it’s perfectly fine to switch them over at 5 weeks. That solves the problem.



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JewelBirds

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Have you ever seen or heard of a PVC pipe feeder for chickens? It discourages scratching and encourages just eating from the pipe opening. A quick search with the words "PVC feeder for chickens" should give you some ideas if you're open to trying that. I have not done it myself yet, but it is definitely the plan for the new coop that is currently a work in progress. I would just make sure the pipe isn't too large of a diameter that they could fit inside the opening, but maybe large enough that it could still be used for when they are adults as well
 

CluckerFamily

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Have you ever seen or heard of a PVC pipe feeder for chickens? It discourages scratching and encourages just eating from the pipe opening. A quick search with the words "PVC feeder for chickens" should give you some ideas if you're open to trying that. I have not done it myself yet, but it is definitely the plan for the new coop that is currently a work in progress. I would just make sure the pipe isn't too large of a diameter that they could fit inside the opening, but maybe large enough that it could still be used for when they are adults as well
I use a 3" PVC pipe with a cap and it actually goes into a tray. The PVC pipe feeders is a great idea and does reduce spills.
 

Floof

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Have you ever seen or heard of a PVC pipe feeder for chickens? It discourages scratching and encourages just eating from the pipe opening. A quick search with the words "PVC feeder for chickens" should give you some ideas if you're open to trying that. I have not done it myself yet, but it is definitely the plan for the new coop that is currently a work in progress. I would just make sure the pipe isn't too large of a diameter that they could fit inside the opening, but maybe large enough that it could still be used for when they are adults as well

Oh I actually tried that once! It worked for some of my birds but I had 2 really stubborn Easter eggers who would shovel it out with their beaks and dump it on the floor! So frustrating!
 
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