How much to feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kickin' Chickin', Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 babies that are about 3 1/2 to 4 wks old and it seems as though they are always starving. They trample each other and will attack any thing(including my hand) when it comes into the box. Is this normal? Also could someone please tell me how much I should be feeding them?
     
  2. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I free feed them. Just make sure the feeder never goes empty. And yes they see everything as food at that age and eat a lot.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Feed them free choice and keep the water clean.
     
  4. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    They should be eating as much chick starter food as they can! Just don't ever let their food dish get empty and they'll be good.
     
  5. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my babies food throughout the day [​IMG] They eat ALOT and it is normal for them to trample each other for food [​IMG] Mine do it alll the time! Just keep fresh water in all time!
     
  6. Saroco

    Saroco Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 7 and I always free feed them... They don't seem to mind..[​IMG]
     
  7. wilkey44

    wilkey44 Out Of The Brooder

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    Kickin' Chickin' :

    I have 6 babies that are about 3 1/2 to 4 wks old and it seems as though they are always starving. They trample each other and will attack any thing(including my hand) when it comes into the box. Is this normal? Also could someone please tell me how much I should be feeding them?

    can you imagin what a chick is going threw at this age with grow feathers and muscle the protien it takes to do all that they almost need to eat 24/7 at that age get a mason gar feeder and get the largest mason gar that will fit on it and keep it full​
     
  8. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I follow my great grandma's advice... feed a growing baby as much as it will eat! Within reason of course, I measure puppy food and offer snacks through out the day. But with baby chicks, I keep the feeder topped off 24/7 and the same for my grown flock, topped off at all times in spill proof containers to keep waste down. Chicks are growing fast, and need high protein for all those feathers coming in. You never want to limit chick feed, or choose a cheap feed without all the minerals and protein levels they need.

    Clean water 24/7 is a must as well, never let it get empty or filled with shavings/bedding from them scratching around.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    By the way, they will act like they are starving whenever you fill the feeder, spill a little, offer a treat, etc. even after they have feed available 24/7 (which they need.)
     

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