How much food for chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nola_chickens, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. nola_chickens

    nola_chickens New Egg

    Jul 19, 2010
    I just brought home some day-old chicks-- should I leave the feeder and waterer in their box all the time?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Yes. They do not just eat one or two meals a day like a dog but kind of munch all day. It is best to let them have food all the time free choice.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Absolutely. They need water and food at all times. I didn't start keeping the food and water in the run only until 6 weeks of age.

    They also need grit if you are going to free range or give treats/other food. Just sprinkle it like salt (according to my hatchery's instructions) at 3 days of age. They can fill up on the grit at first if they don't know better. I gave it anyways at 3 days since I saw some of mine eating shavings at times.
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    Yes, always keep it available, even when some rest the others will be packing in the feed.

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