How much to feed?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wulfsong, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. wulfsong

    wulfsong Hatching

    Aug 19, 2008
    New Jersey
    Our 26 chickens are about 6 weeks old and growing fast. In fact, they have a tendency to empty their feeders shortly after we fill them. Should we keep food available in their feeders all the time or feed them a certain amount per day? I don't want them to get fat or be unhealthy but I also want to make sure all of them are getting enough food.

  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I give mine as much as they want with out them ever getting fat.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's best to have food available to them 24/7.
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Are these meat birds (cornish X) or regular chicks? Typically regular chicks will only eat what they need. Definitely keep their feeders filled.

  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    24/7. That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
  6. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    It looks like you have Buff Orpington chicks. You need to have feed available to them 24/7. They will NOT overeat or as you say get fat. But they should have feed and fresh water available at all times. It is surprising how much they eat! I know I was amazed at how much mine ate. They are little "piggies", but in a healthy way! [​IMG]

    Enjoy your chicks!

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