how much to feed my 10 weekers

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by henrietta101, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. henrietta101

    henrietta101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four new 10 weekers. How much should I feed them per day? I have been told that it is dangerous to overfeed them at this age? If true how long until they can self-regulate their own feeding?

    Also, when do I stop the grower food and start them on pellets? And when can they have treats?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It isn't dangerous to over feed. They'll either just ignore it or more likely, beak it around, kick it around and waste it. But no danger whatsoever.

    You can feed them anything right. Starter, Grower, Finisher, Raiser. Anything but a Layer formula. Layer is simply feed, but it has added calcium ground into the feed for egg shell production, when that time comes. You won't need to feed that until 20 weeks, give or take, when laying actually occurs.
     
  3. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, as much as they want. They're not like fish. They'll stop when they're full.
     
  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put this out and keep it filled. At night I cover it with a bucket so the critters dont get into it.

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  5. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2!
     
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you talking about meat birds, or layers? It makes a difference, as I understand it.
     
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    meat birds are different, but for 'regular' chickens, free feed, they won't over eat.
    Treats can be started at a couple days old...just supply some grit so they can digest it, or let them free range to collect the grit/stones/gravel they need to digest
    they should be on starter/grower till they reach point of lay, around 20 weeks, then after the first egg is laid, switch to layer feed.
     
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I leave feed available 24/7. I give sunflower and cracked corn as a treat daily.

    I feed tomatoes, fruit, and worms when available. Chickens do not overeat.
     

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