How much should I feed them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Poliwag, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 6 chickens and they eat like pigs. Should I feed them 'till they are full or is there a limit?

    They are all silkies. 3 are almost 2 weeks old while the other 3 are a little over a week old.

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    Oh, and here's just a fun picture:
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    (that's one of the chicks and my cat)
     
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Hi there! I feed my chicks and adult birds free choice, as much as they choose to eat. from what I can tell, they're not like puppies, who will gorge until they get sick. When the chicks / adults have a full crop, they stop eating for a while. BTW, that pic of the chick with your cat is adorable! VERY pretty cat! (have 8 here myself...) [​IMG]
     
  3. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ah ok. So I just keep feeding them? o_O

    Quote:You've got 8 cats?! O_O
     
  4. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    i recommend free feed, let tehm eat till full, and keep fresh clean water available 24-7
     
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Quote:Ah ok. So I just keep feeding them? o_O

    Quote:You've got 8 cats?! O_O

    Yes, the most recent was supposed to be a temporary foster; it was an emergency rescue of a kitten found in someone's car engine. They were going to just let it go (on a VERY busy 5-lane (4 traffic lanes plus center turn lane) highway in midday... a friend of mine found out about it while at work and called me to say, "can you come get this kitten?" and here we are, 7 mos. later... [​IMG] I lost a beloved Siamese last spring in a drowning accident. My heart still aches for her... My two elder ladies are 19 yrs. (in three weeks), and 16 1/2 yrs. The others are just scattered between the two extremes.
     
  6. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To the OP, yes leave the feed in there all the time, and they will eat as much as they need. Make sure it's a chick starter feed so they're getting all the necessary nutrients.

    Have fun!
     

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