How much to feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by emsteve, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. emsteve

    emsteve Hatching

    Jun 4, 2008
    I am very new to raising chickens. I have 11 chicks thay are 12 to 16 weeks old doing very well but i dont know how much to feed them they seem to be hungry all the time please help Emma in florida
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    They should have full feedesr all the time. They are eating machines - and wasters. LOL

    Keep feed crumbles and fresh clean water for them 24/7.
  3. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    I feed mine Starter- feed available at all times untill they are about 16 weeks then switch to a pullet feed- available at all times - till they start to lay then layer feed the same way. I also give them oyster shell -free choice once they reach about 20weeks. Oh, and of course they all get treats each day. Sometimes fruit, sometimes veggies, sometimes black oil sunflower seeds, sometimes cat food. I know that last one seems strange but it seems to be their favorite!
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Actually cat food isn't that strange, since it's a good source of protein. I'm waiting till mine get just a tad older before I try it though specifically for that reason, the protein.
    I also believe in food and water available 24/7. And it kills me to not be offering them treats all the time, but I am very stingy with them. Their diet really shouldn't consist of more than about 10% treats.
  5. KPort Chick

    KPort Chick In the Brooder

    May 10, 2008
    I give my 5 week old chicks (4 Buffs and 2 silkies) a small plate of shredded carrots or strawberries and oatmeal twice a day. Is that too much? Otherwise they fly right through the chick crumbles. They go through a 5 lb bag in less than a week. Is that normal?
  6. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I feel so mean right now. I've been rationing food b/c they get lots of treats (fruit, veggies, yogurt...tried apples and applesauce, they're not liked yet), they free range and they waste so much feed. So if they have food 24/7 is there a chance they will overeat and have weight related concerns? and I know you're supposed to have feed available for meat birds at all times, but what harm comes from not giving them 24/7 feed?
  7. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I have feed and water available 24/7. My feed is a mix of starter and layer as the bag says to start the layer feed 4 weeks prior to laying so I mixed it with the starter. I also give them treats/leftovers once a day. I usually have something in the fridge or like tonight they had pieces of bell pepper, onion, yougurt diced and mixed. Tomorrow will probably be some cantalope rines I have leftover for them.

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