Questions about wasteful little chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lilbirdee, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. lilbirdee

    lilbirdee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 3 week old chicks peck their food out of the feeder and it all ends up on the floor. They eat some of it, but a lot is getting wasted. Is this just the way it is with messy kids? or is there something I can do to reduce the waste? Should I keep filling the feeder when there is chick food on the floor? or just make them eat the stuff they tossed around?
    I tried giving them the staving chicks in Africa talk but they just rolled their beady little eyes at me.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Welcome!

    Put the feeder back high and make them stand up to eat from the dish. Discourage standing in the dish by putting a bar over the top if it doesn't already have one and that's about all you can do. They can be messy, but once they know what food is, they are less messy if you make them stand and reach to eat it. If they are really young, like under 2 weeks, make sure they can all get it and know about it before raising it up on a 2x4 or bricks.
     
  3. lilbirdee

    lilbirdee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I will try that. I don't know why I didn't think of it. I put a block under the waterer a long time ago because they filled the tray with shavings in minutes.
     
  4. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine make a terrible mess with their food, too! I need to raise their feeder and see if it helps!
     
  5. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried giving them the staving chicks in Africa talk but they just rolled their beady little eyes at me.​
     
  6. zewei

    zewei New Egg

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    I just got some day old chicks last week, and feeding them "Start & grow". I was told it is a crumber instead of mash. I was having the same problem with chicks spread feed outside of the feed, even with the raised feeder, until I notice they seams to want to throw out the larger pieces, so I kind of grinded the feed in a fruit crasher, so they are in samaller pieces but not totally powdery. That seams to help a lot. There is still spilled feed but not as bad as before. I might continual drind the feed for a week or two, until the chicks are little bigger.
     
  7. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a 12 pound hanging feeder,,works about the best. Hang it a couple inches off the floor where they can still eat out of it.
     
  8. lilbirdee

    lilbirdee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well...I tried the brick under the feeder. They still throw tons on the ground. I watched them and noticed that they aren't scratching it out, they are tossing it out when they peck. Especially my Cochin. There is starting to be more feed on the floor than shavings.
    After reading about so many problems that others are having, like sick & dying chicks, I really am happy that this is my biggest concern right now.
    I just hate to see all this chick feed wasted.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    One thing that may help the billing, becides making the feeder so high they can't bend their necks to flick the food, just be able to reach over the edge to eat it, is to take string and wrap it around as if you were tying a roast for the oven. That way they can stick their heads in but not really get the momentum to flick side to side. But do be careful with strings, and perhaps paper divider slats would work better to deflect the beak and feed movement.
     
  10. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I give credit to whomever on here posted this idea. I put a pie pan under their jar feeder because they tossed 3/4 of it.
     

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