Does Everyone Have This Much Waste???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DouglasPeeps, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I am new to BYC. We have 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 week old chicks. 34 Total! I am constantly filling up their feeders. They go crazy of course when it is filled and always seem to pick the pellets first. There is always a large amount of "grainy" seed left in the bottom of the feeders that they don't ever seem to eat. This seems like a lot of waste. Is this normal? Should I be leaving it in there for them to eat or not filling the feeders until it is gone???

    Thanks for the help!
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I bought some feed, and it was like powder! :mad: They wouldnt eat, but they did, cause thats all they had to eat. They will eat it if they have to, but they would rather not.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Are you feeding them a starter/grower crumble?...I never have a problem, mine are kept filled 24/7....I have 13 right now in the brooder...might want to add another feeder...

    There are always fines at the bottom of a feeder or bag of feed, I just mix it back in with the new feed....
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2008
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    You can also make a warm mash with the leftover powder and warm water. Just make enough for them to gobble up at a time. Or you can mix yogurt with it to make a thick paste.
  5. jray

    jray In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2008
    Piedmont, SC
    I had this problem with the round mason jar type feeders but not with the 2' long plastic flip top feeder that I got from TSC.
  6. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    Before I refill my feeder, I clean off a spot on the floor of the brooder and dump the crumbs out. They go crazy over it, scratching all around.
  7. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    For the round mason jar type feeders I take a 1.2 qt rubbermaid plastic bowl, and put a 14 oz ziploc plastic bowl inside it. So it's a bowl inside a bowl. Then I place the feeder on top of the inside bowl and all the wasted feed falls between the two bowls. Then I just dump it back in the jar each day. It's about half of the jar full that gets spilled, so this is the only way I've found to stop the waste.
  8. Mrs Chickenlady

    Mrs Chickenlady In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2008
    Texas Hill Country
    Are you feeding them chick starter? Chick starter comes in crumble form. With starter there may be some dust, but overall, it's not something I've ever had a problem with. I use a long tray for feeding just because of the number of chicks I'm feeding. I also have feed available to them 24/7. And YES, they do eat alot.
  9. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Quote:I love this idea. I am going to try it tomorrow with the left over powder from the night. It least it can be used for something. I just hate to throw it away everyday....thanks for the idea![​IMG]
  10. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I am using chick starter and have both the round mason jar feeders and the long feeders. Maybe I will just start using the long feeders.....

    Thank you for the information![​IMG]

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