Food effiency idea - sift chick starter?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by IdealisticRoo, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. IdealisticRoo

    IdealisticRoo Chicken Tender

    Oct 18, 2010
    My 4 week old chicks love to scratch in their pine bedding and kick bedding and poo chunks everywhere!

    Quite a lot of bedding and poo end up in the feeders even though they are elevated to the height of the chicks back's.

    So everytime I empty the feeders before refilling I sift the food that was in the trough on a piece of 1/8" hardware cloth This way the food sifts through back into the food bag and the poo and bedding (and also some large pellets) stay on top of the hardware cloth, that I then dump into the trash!

    Does anyone else do this? I considered tossing the food, but that would double the food waste!

    I realize that some impurities fall back into the food bag, but chicks that are raised by broodies peck at the dirty ground from day 1.

  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I usually just empty the feeder into the bedding to give the chicks practice at scratching for food. Then i just refill the feeder as normal. As you said, it is completely normal for them to peck at and eat the droppings.
  3. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Songster

    Jul 8, 2010
    Constantia, NY
    I don't think feeding feces back to any animal or putting it in fresh food is ever a good idea. Just my .02.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I sift through the feed I remove at the end of the day (sometimes) with a kitty litter scoop.

    This is since they often eat the pumpkin seeds out of the shell (leaving the shell behind), and leave bits of feathers, small sticks, etc. in the feed.

  5. RIBill

    RIBill Chirping

    Nov 7, 2010
    When we had chicks, I just spun the chick feeder back and forth a couple times and a little food and all the shavings and poop would broadcast. Now, I have to separate the litter and poop out of their oyster shell feeder. I just hold it downwind and blow on it a bit. The litter and most poop is lighter than foid or grit after a day of drying.

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