How much do chicks eat from Day 1 to 16 Weeks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dogsmum, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. dogsmum

    dogsmum Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2011

    I am new to the forum and I tried to do a search as I'm sure this question has been asked before but coudn't find the answer. Tomorrow I am picking up 10 baby chicks all heavy breed layers. I grabbed a 5 # bucket of chick start but am going to feed them an organic Chick start from Modesto Milling (a friend is getting it this weekend in Denver for me). So my question is how much do 10 chicks eat from Day 1 to 16 weeks as the Modesto Milling is Chick start/grower and then I'll put them on their layer feed at 16 weeks or so. The bags come in 25 and 50
    #. I know a grown chicken eats about 10 #'s a month but when are they considered grown. Thank you so much for all the help and info.

    Will one 50# bag feed 10 chicks for 4 months? I've googled and searched everywhere but have not run across this answer.


  2. BR75

    BR75 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2010
    I have 10 that are 13 weeks. All together they are averaging 11lbs per week, so approximately 1lb per week per bird.
  3. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    BR75's estimation sounds about right. I had 3 chicks with a 25 lb bag of feed last about 12 weeks. Of course they ate a lot less in the beginning as in the end but averages to a little less than 1lb/week/bird
  4. gambler

    gambler Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2010
    western Pa
    Quote:I have 14 full grow RIR's that eat 50lbs of layer pellets a week. I know some varieties eat less but you may be under estimating.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2011
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    According to Penn State "Poultry Management Reference Manual" (44 page pdf) :

    Cumulative feed required of 100 brown egg pullets is 1218 pounds to 16 weeks of age.

    With your 10 chicks: 121.8 pounds.

    It sounds like your "heavy breed layers" may be larger than, say, Sex-link pullets. You may want to buy 3, 50 pound bags of starter-grower for them.

  6. dogsmum

    dogsmum Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2011
    You are all great! Thank you all so much for the above advice!!! I ordered 2 of the 50# bags and Steve I'm going to get another one to be on the safe side and I could mix it with the layer if I have more! I am writing all of the info from the posts in the cover of my book Urban Chick so that I have it for the future. Plus I start my chicken journal tonight so will keep track! The brooder is all set up, temp at about 94 and tomorrow at 10 am I leave Laramie to drive to Fort Collins, CO to get the "girls". We are very excited and ready for our new life with chickens to begin. I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future. Thank you again for quick responses as my friend drives to Denver tomorrow and is picking up the Modesto Mills feed.


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