My chicks keep kicking their food out of their food bowl

1girl2chicks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 28, 2013
80
2
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California
So my chicks are small enough to where they like to stand in their bowl to eat their food but they think it is so cute to kick their food out and all over their cage. Like literally they have kicked out over half of their bowl within an hour. Does anybody else have this problem? What should I do? Ugh
 

chickenlver2013

Songster
6 Years
Mar 26, 2013
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31
141
Bean-Station, Tennessee
I had the same problem with my chicks. I got So tired of it that I went to tractor supply and bought a feeder for baby chicks. Now there is barely a mess to clean up and I don't have to go give them more feed every hour. The feeders work great. They last me for two weeks and more sometimes they're like 7 dollars
 

shellyjimrye

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 11, 2013
69
5
33
Didsbury, Alberta Canada
The act of "kicking out" their food is the natural instinct that all chickens have from when they had to scratch and dig while they foraged for food. The best way to help with the waste and clean up is to get a chick feeder as suggested above. There are multiple different styles and all are good to keep the food mostly (even with chick feeders they can make a heck of a mess at times) contained where it should be. Good luck with your little mess makers!
 

JA2626

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jun 5, 2012
14
0
22
I understand the foraging aspect, but are they eating the food off the ground that they kick? I did try to raise it, however they still stand there and kick at the air and peck. It seems they just stand there and peck it all out. After about two weeks of this I began a little hard love action, letting them eat from the ground. Are they though? I can't really tell.
 

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