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How often do I change feeders for baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mandee, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Mandee

    Mandee New Egg

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    Hi everyone! I just received 27 chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery last week and all are happy and healthy - thanks to God!

    I have one question in regards to feeding my new chicks...

    How often should I change the feed placed in the feeder? They don't quite seem to finish it in one day, so I was wondering ...Can you keep feed in the feeder a couple of days before it goes stale or should it be thrown away every day and refilled just as you do with the waterers?

    Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I leave it til they eat it then refill. I'm sure you'll get tons of opinions on what to do, but that's what I do. It never stays in the feeder longer than a day and a half.

    I start with the mason jar ones. as they grow we move up to the long feeders and then to the 7lb ones. I fill every feeder either in the am or pm.....that is to say if I fill it one morning by the next morning, if it's not all gone, I'm filling it that night.
     
  3. Missouri Maiden

    Missouri Maiden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 20 chicks and I changed it about every two days. But now that they are about a week and I refill it everday because dang they eat alot!
    p.s. I use a plastic feeder
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    I keep mine filled all the time, that way they have food available 24/7
     
  5. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    Quote:My 5 SL polish are eating me out of house and home! My hubby was like "they had nothing to eat this morning" I was like " I filled the feeders last night!!!"

    They eat, sleep and poop! Must be rough!!
     
  6. Mandee

    Mandee New Egg

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    Wow, thanks everyone! - Such fast replies![​IMG]

    Here is a photo of my new little ones on their first day...

    [​IMG]
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cute, cute cute!! [​IMG]
     
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    Quote:Dont look now, but I think the one on the left has a cottonball stuck to its head. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mandee

    Mandee New Egg

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    Yeah, you're right, haha! That's our "Free Chick". It's a White Crested Black Polish. We don't have a name for him now, but we refer to him as "Puff Head".[​IMG]
     
  10. logansmommy41306

    logansmommy41306 Out Of The Brooder

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    I love them!! They are adorable!!

    ETA: I also wait till the foods gone before I add more, which os usually every day to day in a half.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009

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