how much should they be eating??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ~*B*~, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. ~*B*~

    ~*B*~ Songster

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    i have 27 chicks in 1 coop.
    they are 5,6 and 7 weeks old.
    how long should a 50lb bag of
    starter last? they get veg/table
    scraps almost daily as well.
    thank you.
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
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    I have 21 the same age in the brooder. I don't really know how long the bag lasts because I don't pay to much attention to that but I am filling the feeder twice a day so they do eat alot!. I must use 3-4 scoops daily to keep it full and I would guess the scoop holds around 5 cups? HTH:)
     
  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

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    Chickens will only eat till they're full. They don't over-indulge like people do sometimes....... You should just be giving them as much food as they want, just keep their feeders full! [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    I had 44 at 14-15 weeks and went through 50# in a week in less that a week, if that helps. I do feed some scraps and scratch, but only a small volume.

    I agree, don't let the feeders go empty.
     
  5. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Songster

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    I also don't let the feeders go empty. For those that I free range, and haven't had to add to what's in the feeder in a while. For the chicks I have in a separate pen outside, I have to add a gallon scoop twice, every day and I can't keep up with them. I'm about ready to free range them [​IMG]
     
  6. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

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    What kind of feeder are you using? Some allow more waste than others. That makes a BIG difference in how fast a bag goes. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I have 60 2 week old chicks and they go through a 50lbs bag plus some I dont feed scraps and I dont feed scratch but I do have a light on them 24-7 so they will eat at night to..

    I all so have around 20 chicks around 5 weeks old and they eat 50lbs a week there is a light on them 24-7 too...

    Chris
     
  8. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
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    50#s should last you about 3 weeks with that amount of chicks that age. Maybe a little longer with scraps. You will see that time decrease over the next few weeks though. Their appetites grow faster than they do. I now have 21 chickens, all mostly grown and i'm going thru 50#s every 2 weeks, with moderate treats. I made my feeders from 3" PVC pipe and get no waste at all. Am working on getting details and pics for these feeders. Will follow up with instructions when i get the rest of my to do list done. LOL
     

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