Obviously, I've been letting my babies eat all they want to and they always have feed. They are on medicated chick starter/grower. They are 8 weeks old now. I put them outside in a nice grassy run with a nice shelter. The problem is.... the wild birds are eating their feed and drinking their water. Also, the scare them! The chicks run inside when the birds are there. They are wrens and sparrows by the way. So, I'm trying to figure out how many times per day I would need to go out and feed them to keep them happy without free feeding the wild birds! Grr I have bird feeders out for the wild birds, I guess they like the chick feed too. I don't think medicated feed is good for them either. I also have some 13 week old chicks right on the other side of the fence out there. Same thing, wild birds eating all their feed. They are hanging out with my year old hens now. THey have tons of grass and vegetation to eat too.