New to Chicken Raising

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ranch_Girl, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Ranch_Girl

    Ranch_Girl New Egg

    Jan 27, 2011
    I'm learning to raise chickens in Central California and need help! I have two chicks, a few weeks old I think by now, and they have become little piggies. If I don't watch them, they eat soooo much that they get these little bulges in their necks. This has only started the past couple days, we've had them for about a week and a half now. Anyways, they are the sweetest little creatures, but I can't seem to find any guide that says how much the chicks should eat...Please help me! About to go in for a cuddle session with them...I love holding them, but if anyone has some words of wisdom, I would greatly appreciate.
  2. dawn0326

    dawn0326 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2011
    Westport, WA
    [​IMG] Welcome from another newbie! Sorry I don't have any advice...I have had other challenges but not any like yours.
  3. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    I was confused by this when I first got chickens too:) The bulge is actually their crop, where they store food before digesting it. So it is GOOD that they are filling up their crop. It's all perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Chicks should have food and water available at all times and allowed to eat as much as they'd like. Good luck with your new babies!
  4. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Flippin, AR
    Give them Chick Grit or sand with their food. It will help the food go through their crops more smoothly.
    Chickens need to have food available anytime they are awake...especially young ones.
  5. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    Those little cuties will grow SOOO fast. Let them be piggies. Let them eat all they want. Plan on refilling their food and water several times a day. If you want some real fun, get some crickets at the pet store and give them to your chicks. Its hysterical, and healthy....

    They also like the regular sized (not king sized) mealworms, but they don't have to chase those, so they aren't as much fun to watch.

    The chick starter you buy at the feed store should be their main food, but there are all kinds of treats you can get for them. My chicks love cooked oatmeal and yogurt, but again, those are just treats.

    Have fun!! And Welcome to BYC!!
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  7. Ranch_Girl

    Ranch_Girl New Egg

    Jan 27, 2011
    Thank you all so much! The chicks thank you too!
  8. renart

    renart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Kingston, WA
    Welcome from NW Washington State! Come on in, plenty to room to roost! [​IMG]
  9. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia, Ca and [​IMG]
  10. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio.

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