how much to feed chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by THV, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. THV

    THV Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got my first batch of chicks. They are between 2-5 weeks old. Should I just give them as much feed as they want all the time, or should I have feeding "time"? Right now I'm feeding them medicated chick mash, and planning to transition to medicated chick crumble soon. I guess I transition them to another type of food when they are getting fully feathered?
    thanks
    Tim
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My 12 little ones are pigs! I feed them and they gobble down way too much I'm thinking.

    They are little eating, drinking, pooping machines. I can't wait until they are a month old and I can put them in the coop.
     
  3. cyrixlord

    cyrixlord Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just make sure their feeder remains full. I dont restrict water or feed. they are the darndest little babies aren't they?
     
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  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

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    Keep their feeders full at all times. [​IMG]

    congratulations on your first batch. You are going to have a lot of fun.
     
  5. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always do the free feeding (as much as they want). They do not over-eat.
    You may want to raise the feeder a little bit, so they will waste less of their feed. I also prefer the crumbe over the mash, because I have noticed that they go for the bigger pieces in the mash while wasting the powdery mash.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:The feed available depends on where you live. If there is a seperate grower available, you can switch them to that around 8 weeks. If all that's available is chick starter/grower, you can leave them on that until 18 to 20 weeks or when you get your first egg. Then it's on to layer feed.
    I agree that they should have food and water available 24/7.
     

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