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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sky king, May 31, 2011.

  1. sky king

    sky king Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so my chicks are little over 3/4 months an I have purchased a 30 pound feeder that's hanging an they love it but some of them pick throug it an waste a lot of food y r they doin it an how can I make then stop if possible Thanks
     
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    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were doing that with crumbles and I switched to pellets and it stopped. My feeder also is slightly adjustable to lower the cylinder into the tray to allow less feed out at once and has also helped.
     
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    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens are messy, they hunt through their feed to find the best morsels. I don't think there is any way to really stop the behaviour.
     
  4. sky king

    sky king Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both. I'm just finishin up the rest of my chicke starter/grower ima try pellets an see what happens. Any suggestions on what brand an kind like scratch corn ? Or anything
     
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    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pellets, yes - will save you lots of food.

    not only do you waste food with crumbles, you invite pests, rodents.

    will you be free ranging? do they have a run outside? you wont need scratch if they free range. They should be on a balanced 16-20% protein feed throughout adulthood. Scratch should be only a treat. and there are SO many better treats:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21530
     
  6. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are hundreds of brands of feeds and thousands of opinions on what is best. I had a local brand of pellets that just smelled bad and had too much powder in it. Went back to Layena for a couple of dollars more and the chickens like it. Pick one with good protein % and if you don't like it, get another. Scratch is a good treat, but not enough protein and calcium and such for egg layers.
     
  7. cmom

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    Raise the feeder to a level that they can just reach into. I keep mine to just above their backs.
     
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    Thanks. I will try the higher feeder. Cause it's slot of food they are wasten an I'm gointo try pellets
     

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