How much to feed chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TheHalfWayCoop, May 8, 2011.

  1. TheHalfWayCoop

    TheHalfWayCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all!

    We picked up 2 - 3 week old silkie chicks (they were mixed ages in the brooder) and they weren't really eating the first night we had them here but now they're just eating machines! Should I be measuring out their food for the day? Can they eat too much?

    Thanks so much!

    Jenn
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    I have read that chickens should have access to food all day long. They know when enough is enough. They aren't like dogs that will eat a whole bag of dog food even when they are full.

    And congrats on the silkies!! [​IMG]
     
  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, give them access to food all the time. They will not overeat.
     
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep a scattering of straw on the floor of my peep's cages, so they have the natural fun of scratching and searching for food all day long. The straw helps make cleaning poop easier.
     
  5. macadam8157

    macadam8157 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food available 24/7!
     
  6. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep them fully stocked - they will not overeat
     
  7. TheHalfWayCoop

    TheHalfWayCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great, thanks so much everyone! I thought they needed constant food access, but after seeing how much they eat in a short time I was a little worried!!

    Thanks again for all the help, being a chick newbie I am LOVING this board!!!

    Jenn
     

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