start n grow isn't holding my chicks...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mamaboyd, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 week old chicks are going through a 50 lb bag of start n grow in 4~5 days.[​IMG] They don't seem to be satisfied and are always seeming to be starving and yet their feeders are always full, they just empty them so quick. When can I start feeding scratch or layer crumbles?? Can I mix them with start n grow? The instructions on the bag of layer crumbles says not to feed until chicks are about 18 weeks old:idunno
    At this rate, the chicks are eating more feed than my 2 horses LOL. Any advice??
    Oh, my chicks are meat and egg birds(dual purpose), we are going to use most of them for meat.

    Thanks![​IMG]

    Trish
     
  2. rockAdoodle

    rockAdoodle Out Of The Brooder

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    how miny chic u have ?
     
  3. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    59!! We use 3~ 24 inch feeders overflowing with feed.
     
  4. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Your chicks are at that "teenager" stage...just like a teenage boy, they are never full!!! Keep throwing the feed at them...don't switch to a layer ration (it will only make the situation worse; i.e. lower protein, calcium too high). Just remember...every 2 lb of feed your giving them, they are gaining a lb of bodyweight.
     
  5. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!! They remind me of my 12 yr old daughter who is always digging in the cupboard for something to eat every half hour, don't know where she puts it, LOL.[​IMG]
     
  6. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another little question... Will it hurt my chicks to give them some layer crumbles mixed with the start n grow until my hubby gets home with another full bag of start n grow??[​IMG]
     
  7. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe layer feed may have too much calcium in it, and may dilute the protien they are getting. You'll need to check the bag and use your judgement.
     
  8. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Quote:It won't hurt them at all...for a temporary fix. The lower protein and high calcium would take several weeks to cause a problem.
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    LOL! 59! No wonder you are going though a bag every 3-4 days! By the time thoes meat birds reach market weight, they will have consumed something like 12-15 50# bags of feed! Just wait and see what they eat like at 6 weeks old. If you are raising that many, buy half a ton of feed in bulk rather than 50 lb bags individually. 50lb bags get expensive very quickly, especially up here at $14 a pop.

    As for feed wastage though, I would make sure the feed troughs are just above the level of their backs as they do tend to spill alot if they don't have to reach for the food. I resored to using the cylinder feeders rather than troughs too beecause they waste less out of them. Making the feeder high will also help with leg problems. I am assuming you have lots of cornish x's.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Just to be safe have you checked them for worms? Animals tend to eat alot more when they have a parasite.

    I have 46 four week old chicks and they are on the third 50lb bag of feed now. I have not supplemented with treats. I do make sure there is plenty of water. Also the feeders are raised up so they can't waste feed by spilling or scratching it out.

    The first 2 weeks they did eat so much I thought about calling them piglets instead of chicks. They ate a gallon measure of feed twice a day. They are still pigs but it is slowing down a little.

    Good luck with your birds.
     

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