How much starter will chicks eat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sassafras, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Sassafras

    Sassafras Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, so I am new to chicken raising. I am wondering how much chick starter I should buy when I get 12 chicks. They are supposed to stay on it until they are about 6 weeks then start feeding finisher crumbles, right? Would I use up a 50 lb bag?
     
  2. HenPecked_bychildren

    HenPecked_bychildren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our chicks(15 of them) a little over 2 weeks old and at 6 weeks they only had a bit left of a 50lb bag. They eat a ridiculous amount and we had them on grass every day too.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You can change them to Grower at 6 weeks, if you wish, but you also just leave them on Starter/Grower until point of lay.
    OH YEAH!!! Get a 50 pounder. No sense getting itty bitty bags.
     
  4. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, there won't be much, if not any, left in a 50 pond bag by the time the chicks get to 6 weeks. And even if you do have some left, you can just mix it in with the layer pellets until its gone.
     
  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also don't forget they will dump and waste a bunch of it.
     
  6. Sassafras

    Sassafras Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, a 50 pounder it is then! Thanks for all the replies. There is so much good help here.
     
  7. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 26 birds that arrived on Thursday and cant believe how much they eat! I shoulda gotten a bigger bag than 50 pounds!
     

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