Someone's stealing their food and water.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ruth, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Someone or something is breaking into my home and stealing the food and water of the itty bitty chicks I bought 3 days ago. Has to be. 18 little three day olds can't possibly be eating that much. [​IMG]

    First the little bowls of food and water were disappearing every hour or two so yesterday I went and bought more of the plastic auto dispensing feeders, since my bigger chicks were using the ones I had. Last night, after midnight, I fill the water and the food feeders, again, only to find both empty early this morning.

    My word, if the itty bitty chicks are eating/drinking this much they are gonna be HUGE in a few days and eat ME in my sleep. Maybe I should get them out of the house?
     
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try owning some Saipan's and see how much they eat...lol!
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My 12 two week olds are eating 2qts a day!
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I have a bakers. doz. of 3 week old Lt. Brahmas that are eating me out of house and home too!!...
     
  5. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    This is amazing. My four week olds don't eat this much. I had a dozen Barred Rocks and Ameracaunas that hatched Valentines Day and they didn't empty a feeder every few hours - still don't at 4 weeks but they are free ranging their little run and too busy to eat non-stop.

    I got a dozen day-old RIRs three days ago and once they discovered food and water they were eating like, well like they had never had food/water in their life. But I thought they would slow down after a day or two. Then I went and bought 6 BRs and added them to box - same thing.

    Now, they all look like a mad/crazy shark feeding frenzy - crowding around the feeder/waterer eating/drinking nonstop. I told my husband looks like they're on crack.

    If I didn't see it for myself I would really swear someone has to be getting in that bathroom and stealing their food and water. Fill the feeders, come back 3 hours later and they are empty.

    Truly amazing.
     

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