How fast do chicks go through a bag of feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicks Galore3, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    How fast will ten regular size chicks go through a 7# bag of feed?????
     
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  2. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock of 8 consumes 50# in 4 weeks. This is with daily 1/2 hr foraging and a handful of treats. Occasional kitchen scrap.
     
  3. LILCHIKBIGCHIK

    LILCHIKBIGCHIK Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 BA's and 1 BR that are 2 weeks old today and they went thru 5 lbs in 11 days
     
  4. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 12 4week old chicks and they went through a 5lb bag in roughly 5-6 days this week.
     
  5. BeautyBuffs

    BeautyBuffs Out Of The Brooder

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    My 10 Buff Orphingtons chicks, about 10 weeks old, will go through a 20 pound bag of the chick feed in a about a week and a half. I keep the feeder constantly filled not letting it drop down below half. I did change feeders from the type with the twist on bottom and milky colored jug to the tray type feeder which did cut down on waste becasue they had figured out how to untwist the jug from the base somehow.
     
  6. DomesticDiva12

    DomesticDiva12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my 6 buff orpington chicks 2 weeks today and we're to the last bit of the 5lb bag I bought
     
  7. horseshowmomnv

    horseshowmomnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have and assortment of heavy breeds, 26 have gone through 75lbs in 4 weeks. Some waste.
     
  8. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've had a 5lb bag for a month now. I just got 3 more chicks five days ago so 6 chicks total and the bag is almost out. The 3 new ones seem to eat more then the first 3. I always make sure the dish has food in it so no one is starving. I also every other day give them some scrambled egg and maybe some ground up oats.
     
  9. wattsjadajoe

    wattsjadajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep!!! [​IMG] Same here!!

    I have notice that the type of feeder you use can save on waste!!

    I too have switched to the long flat feeder.. the screw type round one allowed lots to go on the floor.....But they do like to scrape around to get it. I also found that tossing some meal worms on the floor will cause the chicks to spend more time looking for food that would be wasted!

    Joe
     
  10. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    ok, thanks guys! I'll probably get a twenty five pounder. [​IMG]
     

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