My chicks are eating A Lot

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lori J, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Lori J

    Lori J Songster

    Jun 18, 2017
    This is my second set of chicks to raise. We got these for from tractor supply a couple weeks ago. But they are eating so much and I didn’t remember that they ate so much. If I fill up the jar, it is almost all gone in a day. It’s his normal or my chicks just super eaters?

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  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi there. :frow

    How many chicks have ya got?

    I see lot's spread around there inside your brooder. Chicks are super messy and wasteful.

    Raising it to be level with their back can help to reduce waste. :)
  3. Jbum

    Jbum Songster

    Apr 10, 2019
    Mid Michigan
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  4. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Crowing

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
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  5. Stacyoung13

    Stacyoung13 Crowing

    Apr 9, 2018
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Try adding an extension down from the jar, it keeps the food shallow in the tray so less waste. I cut the top and bottom off of a water bottle, used duct tape to hold onto jar.
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    I then set it up on a piece of 2x4 so that it’s off the floor. Food lasts a whole lot longer.
  6. Those are some good ideas to adjust your feeder to avoid waste. I to found that type of feeder just led to alot of waste.
    I like the old type trough feeders with the spinning bar accross the top to stop them roosting on it.
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  7. 5GodsDown

    5GodsDown Chirping

    Apr 1, 2019

    I bought my first ever chicks this weekend. They don't seem to be that messy yet, but I have a tray like this picture but then smaller for chicks. They can't really make a mess out of it, only some of the shaving gets in sometimes, so we just clean that a few times a day. My chicks are also eating soooo much. Last night one had such a big crop I was getting worried, but this morning it was gone. I guess it doesn't do any harm. I got them from a specialized chicken farm which was passed on from generation to generation and they said they can decide for themselves how much they eat.

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  8. Lori J

    Lori J Songster

    Jun 18, 2017
    Egg sighted, i have four chicks, as seen in the picture. What about putting The feeder in a pie pan? Would that just make it hard for them to get to it? That feeder is top-heavy so I’m not sure what I could set it on without it Turning over any tips?
  9. Stacyoung13

    Stacyoung13 Crowing

    Apr 9, 2018
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I’ve got mine on a brick and it has never tipped over
    I wouldn’t think a pie pan would keep them from food. I wouldn’t use a deep dish though. lol
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  10. Chicksnmind

    Chicksnmind Songster

    Feb 16, 2018
    Central Florida
    Might be normal it seems like I’m filling mine up about 75% about once a day. I have 7. I’ve noticed my bantam Orpingtons are piggies and seem to be almost always eating. My lone silkie eats a bit and then practices jumping on the rest like let’s play.

    What kind of birds do you have? Look under the shavings to see if there is wastage. I have paper towels so I know mine aren’t wasting.

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