Feeding Chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by amcstay, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. amcstay

    amcstay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    I'm new at this, and my chicks are only a week and a few days old. I have been feeding them chick starter, but am getting a bit frustrated... they keep tipping over their bowl and dumping food in their box - which of course they then don't want to eat. Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping thier bowl in place. They even tip their water bowl over.... Are they needing to perch, if I give them a perch in their box, will this help? Also, when can I start giving them treats like bread and veggies?

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Hi I also have babies. Are you using a regular bowl to feed and water them? I have a chick feeder that a quart jar screws on and also the waterer that the jar screws on and they have not dumped either over yet. I think a roost wouldnt hurt If you want to put one in there. My chicks are 2 and 3 weeks old. They do ocasionally get on top of both but still havent knocked them over.
  3. ChickaD

    ChickaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    central Vermont
    I'm not an expert, but I'd hold off at least a few weeks before giving them any food besides their chick starter. Giving veggies is tricky when they're very young, as it can give them diarrhea. When they are a little older, crumbled bread is a good start for a treat, just so it doesn't make up too much of their diet.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I agree. Here is a picture of my brooder. The chicks were 3 days old. I use a trough feeder and plastic waterer. With my bigger girls I waited until they were a month old before I gave them any treats. I also gave them chick grit when I started giving them anything besides their starter feed.

  5. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    yep, go for the non tippy feeder! Once I switched we wasted much less food - it was amazing!
  6. amcstay

    amcstay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Thanks for the advice. I went out yesterday and bought a small round feeder and it has worked much better! As for the water, I just moved them to a bigger box and put their gallon plastic waterer in there and it seemed to solve the problem. Went and bought chick starter too. They seemed to like it more - or maybe they were just hungry! [​IMG]

    Thanks again!

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