should I leave feed out or feed them once a day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by littlebowpeeps, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. littlebowpeeps

    littlebowpeeps In the Brooder

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    Hi everyone!

    I have 5 chickies, they're about 6 weeks old now and out in the coop. I have been feed ing them once a day, about 4 cups of a corn, grit, starter mix, 2 handfuls of lettuce, a bunch of scraps and about 1/4 of a melon. I leave water out for them obviously, but I'm wondering, should I get a self feeder? Like the water thing that just keeps refilling itself? They are fat little chicks, don't want to overfeed or starve the little babies!

    Thanks!
     
  2. consdrs

    consdrs Songster

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    Yes, get a self feeder. Have food available 24\\7. I would cut back on the corn though and use it only as a treat. grit in a self feeding tray also.

    Connie
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hi, I would have food available to them at all times, but would definitely change what you are feeding them!
    At six weeks they need to be either on a combo. starter/grower feed or grower feed. Everything you are feeding them - 4 cups of a corn, 2 handfuls of lettuce, a bunch of scraps and about 1/4 of a melon - with the exception of the grit should be considered treats and fed in moderation.
     
  4. littlebowpeeps

    littlebowpeeps In the Brooder

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    Wow ok at the feed store they told me to give them the corn feed and the starter mixed together 1/2 and 1/2. Ok so I'll change that. I'll put out the starter and grit available to them 24/7. Thanks guys! I appreciate it!
     
  5. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Songster

    I have water and food both outside in the run and in the coop. Right now they mostly get chick starter crumble and I mix it with with chick starter organic mash. They are 6 weeks old so I am going to start transitioning in some organic grower feed. They seem to be doing great.
     
  6. littlebowpeeps

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    I checked how old the chickies are, and they're actually 9 weeks old now! Time flies!!
     
  7. Equus5O

    Equus5O Songster

    My girls are about 3 to 4 months old.

    I keep a feeder of Grower in the run, and a dish of it in the coop.

    They're not that into Scratch.

    Spaghetti, bread and eggs they're lovin'!

    They don't get treats every day. Some days I just don't have time to make it over there for more than locking them up at night, which is when I bring the feeder into the shed and fill the dish in the coop.
     

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