Do my 6 week old chicks need food when they are closed up at night?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by greenkjb, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. greenkjb

    greenkjb Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls have been outside for a week now and they are loving it! I have been putting food and water in their house when I close them up at night. I notice they don't seem to be eating their food during the day that much and they make a HUGE mess inside the house with the food they have at night. Are they ok without food for the night? Or maybe I should not close them up? My run is predator proof, I just worry about them getting too cold. Thanks for any advice...
     
  2. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's dark in the night-section, they won't be eating the food, they'll simply be trampling in it when they get active around dawn. I wouldn't bother having food or water in the sleeping area, personally.

    Then again if some drama happens and you don't let them out, lack of water could quickly harm them.

    I guess it all depends what setup you have, how much space in the coop, and how reliable you intend to be. [​IMG]

    As for them not eating much food in the day, that's pretty odd. I'd probably look into that, e.g. possible coccidiosis. I find chicks are little demolition experts, they go through the feed fast.

    Best of luck, hope this helps,
    Erica
     

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