How much does a chickie eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mirjam, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. mirjam

    mirjam In the Brooder

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    I'm trying to calculate the cost for raising baby chicks to sell them at cost next spring. I need to know how much a baby chick eats during its first 6 weeks in life. Do 5 pounds sound right?
     
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    What breed is it? Some breeds will eat more than others.
     
  3. mirjam

    mirjam In the Brooder

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    Not sure yet, but they all will be layers.
     
  4. DaKid

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    not sure by i know eat like little piglets
     
  5. Hawn808C

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    layers eh... there gonna be piggies. prob eat alot. i gave up my rhode Is reds cause of that eh
     
  6. mirjam

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    Anybody with a number? Pounds of food for the average layer breed within the first 6 weeks per chick...
     
  7. tvtaber

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    " A normally-maturing chick (i.e., breeds which mature in about 6 months, such as egg-layers) will eat about 2 pounds of starter feed in its first 6 weeks of life. "

    Google; gotta love it!
     
  8. mirjam

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    Wow, Thanks tvtaber! Do you have a link for it?
     
  9. DaKid

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    A normally-maturing chick (i.e., breeds which mature in about 6 months, such as egg-layers) will eat about 2 pounds of starter feed in its first 6 weeks of life. "

    WELL I must be way way over feeding my guys 10 chicks -5 weeks old now and just about to finishing up a #50 lb bag . if I figured it out 10 birds X 2 lbs pre bird = 20 lbs ,







    MMMMMM some one stole 30 lbs of feed​
     
  10. Home on the Stead

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    We're almost to the second week with ours - 26 chicks about 26lbs of food in 2 weeks. Guess they don't eat as much as they get older [​IMG] I had to get a larger feeder within the first week to keep from having to fill it 3x a day.

    On the other hand though - it's getting cold here and I suspect they eat more when it's cold.

    Google or not with rules of thumb like that you always need to include the disclaimer - "Your mileage may vary"!
     

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