Chicks wasting their food!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BenAnnaMama, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. BenAnnaMama

    BenAnnaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    So as soon as I fill up their food jar and feeder it is gone again! They keep scratching it all out! There is food all over their pine shavings so I'm tempted to not fill up their feeder and force them to eat and peck off the floor. What do you guys think?
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    I put a plate underneath my feeder, It helped alot and then they could peck at what they spilled!
  3. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I had the same problem, the chicks would dig all the feed out and sleep in their feeder [​IMG]

    A plate is a good idea. You could even try raising your feeder off the ground a little bit so they can't stick their feet in it.
  4. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    Rural Michigan
    Here are some tips that might help:

    1. Elevate your feeder. Place a concrete brick (or two) under it so that the chicks can only reach the feeder with their heads

    2. Change the type of feeder you have. Try one with dividers or portals instead of dish-style feeders

    3. Don't fill the feeder up all the way. Just fill it halfway to avoid waste.

    4. Don't top off what is left in the feeder at the end of the day. Tilt the feeder so the uneaten portion goes to one end, then add more to the bare part of the feeder. This also prevents unwanted growth and germs by keeping the old feed from being buried under fresh feed.

    5. Add a second feeder. Your chicks might be overly excited at the prospect of food and might be messy that way. Adding a second feeder means less competition for the food and a better chance to eat at their leisure.

    Good luck!
  5. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have had this problem. I agree with using a divided feeder, you may also place some stones in there to slow down the scratching. Also, put your feeder up high as possible.

  6. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2011
    Central NC
    I agree with FMA; couldn't have said it better myself. [​IMG]
  7. MustLoveHens

    MustLoveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2010
    Albion, Wisconsin
    FMA gave some great advice! The only thing I can add is incase you are feeding a crumble type chick starter. Some young chicks-day olds to about 7-8 days find it hard to eat crumbles. So they kick and peck and scratch to find the pieces little enough for them to eat. To avoid this, grind your crumbles in a coffee grinder or a blender. Make it a mash for them and they will be able to eat more instead of wasting it. I do this and when the chicks get about 8 to 10 days, switch them to the crumble to see if the can eat it. If not a grind a few more times and then try the crumbles again until they can eat them.
  8. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    I agree with everyone else and have one more recommendation: A baby cake. They're a forage cake that you hang in the brooder. It helps reduce the waste and gives them another 'toy' at the same time. A couple of hatcheries carry them, I think MPC and Randall Burkley. I think the forage cake place directly sells as well, but I'm not sure.
  9. RGWright

    RGWright Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Quote:These are great suggestions. Another suggestion would be to move the feeder farther away from the light/heat source.
  10. BenAnnaMama

    BenAnnaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Wow... thanks for the great ideas everybody!

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