how much is too much

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Tlco, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Tlco

    Tlco Out Of The Brooder

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    As you can see they are just babies. You can see the feeder in top of picture i am using right now.I fill it 3 times a day and they eat it all not much waste. Am I feeding too much or not enough? When I put them up for the night I fill it again (4th time) and when I let them out in morn around 9am I refill it if they have eaten on it
    What is normal for these babies?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    What breeds do you have? The yellow ones look like Cornish Cross, a well-known gluttonous eating machine. The reddish ones are something else. I think most folk feed free choice for most non-Cornish Cross breeds. They won't stuff themselves like the CX. For the first 2-3 weeks I do think many people go full feed on the CX full time. After that they go to a 12 hour on/12hour off rotation to slow down growth a little so they add muscle and not just fat. Plus CX can develop health issues from their ravenous appetite.
     
  3. Tlco

    Tlco Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been told the yellowed ones are Amber white sexlink pullets, the others Red sex link pullets. That is if TS didn't mix em up. I was just wondering cuz the crop ( correct word? ) is really full on some of em.
     
  4. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are sex-links, feed and water available 24/7 from hatch through retirement or 9 months after 1st molt, when you invite them to join you at the dinner table. GC
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2016
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Sounds totally normal...Chicks eat and drink tons of water...They need too, being they grow so fast...Keep feeding as you have been...Your doing everything right for them...

    Good luck.
     

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