Feeding enough for juvenile chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SWFLCpl, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. SWFLCpl

    SWFLCpl New Egg

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    So we supposedly got these chickens when they were 12-14 weeks old, though others here thought they may have been younger. There are 6 of them and they are getting about a little less than a pound a day of Countryside Organics feed. They are fed about 8am, 12pm and 7 pm. The rest of the day they have free range to our nearly 3 acres. The following is their growth chart since we've had them (which is now 3 weeks and 3 days).

    The raw number is in ounces and the % is increase over last weigh

    8/29/2012​
    9/5/2012​
    9/12/2012​
    9/19/2012​
    Small PBR
    17.8​
    20.1​
    12.92%​
    21.5​
    6.97%​
    23.6​
    9.77%​
    Large PBR
    21​
    23.8​
    13.33%​
    25.4​
    6.72%​
    29.1​
    14.57%​

    Small RIR Ginger lighter
    20.6​
    23.5​
    14.08%​
    24.9​
    5.96%​
    28.6​
    14.86%​
    Large RIR Lucille darker
    24​
    27.5​
    14.58%​
    28.9​
    5.09%​
    33​
    14.19%​

    Small BO Jody darker
    16.8​
    20.8​
    23.81%​
    22.6​
    8.65%​
    27​
    19.47%​
    Large BO Buffy lighter
    21.3​
    23.6​
    10.80%​
    25​
    5.93%​
    28.2​
    12.80%​


    Our question is:

    Does this seem like a good growth for these birds and that they're getting enough to eat?

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    tia
    Bobby and Mary
    Hot Rock Acres Homestead | Our tales from a Southwest Florida Homestead
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    OK,
    You think that the birds were 12 to 14 weeks old and you had them for 3 week that makes them 15 to 17 weeks old, am I right so far?

    Your birds range from 23 to 33 ounces or 1.4 to 2.6 pounds, right?

    You are feeding 6 birds about a pound a day that means that each bird is eating around 2.66 ounces a day, correct?


    If the above is correct I would say your birds are a little under weight, a 18 week old pullet should weight around 3.15 to 3.32 pounds.

    Chris
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Give them as much as they want to eat 3 times daily instead of a measured amount - and in a few separate feeders so that the biggest pigs do not get all the food, and the smaller or shyer ones miss out.
     
  4. SWFLCpl

    SWFLCpl New Egg

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    Yes, we were told 12-14 but when I put the weights and sizes up here, someone suggested 10-12, so they could be anywhere from 13 to 17 weeks. Yes, there is 2.6 oz available to each, but as the other poster pointed out, some could be hogging more than others and yes they range from 1.4 to 2.06 not 2.6 pounds.

    I did plan on building a second feeder, since all 6 have to tap dance on each other now that they are the size they are.

    Thanks for the current info
     

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