Overfeeding?

Rachie1940

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Apr 28, 2014
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We have 6 chicks that are 2 months old. One Brahma, three Bantam Cochins, and one Easter Egger. We just barely switched from the starter chick feed to scratch and their regular feed. They have been eating A TON since we switched. I'll fill up their feeder bottle all the way and an hour later it's pretty much gone. These are our first attempt and chickens and I'm worried that we might be overfeeding them. Or I thought that maybe we kept them on the starter feed for too long and now they're really excited and enjoying their new food? Help please!
 
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Mountain Peeps

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Apr 23, 2014
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I have two chicks who are five weeks old and I'm filling their feeder once everywhere three or four days. So I think just like kids, the bigger chicks get the more they eat and since chickens grow SO fast they need that extra energy. They might also be spilling some of the feed which will make it go done too.

Hope this is helpful!:)
 

newpioneer75

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 14, 2013
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Dakota County, MN
Sometimes my girls will get really messy while eating and spill or "flick" out a ton of pellets onto the floor and it gets buried under their bedding and I can't see it. When I do I will leave the feeder empty for a day so they clean up. But, at that age they will eat a lot and fill out fast. And Welcome to BYC!
 
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newpioneer75

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 14, 2013
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Dakota County, MN
We had a case of worms which caused the chickens to eat a LOT more. Maybe deworm them, can't hurt. Some even say to do it periodically just to prevent worms.
 

smallchickfarm

In the Brooder
5 Years
Mar 24, 2014
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Hi
I have 5 eleven week old chicks currently i am feeding them about a cup of the lifestyle chicken feed 15% three times a day. I also give them lots of compost scraps and they dig up worms and eat weeds when I let them out. but in the morning they always seem really hungry and go crazy over there food, how do I know that I am feeding them enough I dont want to under feed them but I also dont want to overfeed them

please give me some advice.

Thanks
 
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