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How much do I need to feed our chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jscott5510, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. jscott5510

    jscott5510 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! We just got six 9 week old chicks today, and I'm not sure if they should have food around the clock at their age? They will be free-ranging in their own yard during the days, but I need some advice as to keeping food in their coop and if the should have it available all day? I haven't had chickens since I was a kid, so I feel like I am re-learning how to keep them! Thanks in advance for any help!! Have a great day!!
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, and welcome!

    Keep food available during the daylight hours. They won't eat while they're roosting at night. I put their feeder away at night so as not to attract rodents.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    After 6 weeks they can sleep at night with no food. But if you are running a light in there then they need food and water at all times.
     
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep food down all the time...don't think we have any rodent issues so far...no evidence of such at least. I fill the feeder and it lasts for about a week and then I refill it.
     
  5. jscott5510

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    Thanks everyone!!
     

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