The brats are wastin feed like mad!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sfgwife, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. sfgwife

    sfgwife Crowing

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    Grrrrr. I have twoish week old bcm, langashan and br chicks. These monsters are wastin feed like crazy. I have the typical chick feeder round tall thinger with the holes for their noggins. I filled it last night and today.... the only bit that is left is in the bottom of the dish. I put it on a brick to try help this a week ago and it hasnt helped. These are the first we have had to just pick it out like this. They do have a good sized dish with dirt in it to bath and play and lay in..... any other ideas to keep them from this? I am debatin not fillin it up and just lettin them scratch the floor of the brooder for their feed cause that is where it all goes now anyway.
     
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  2. lazy gardener

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    Have you considered converting to fermented feed? That will improve your feed conversion rate, and prevent the spillage.
     
  3. sfgwife

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    Dont wanna do fermented feed. We already have a flock of 21 grown and are just addin to them.
     
  4. Redhead Rae

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    When ever mine empty a feeder, I take the feeder out for a couple of hours and let the scratch in the bedding for what they spilled. It is a good way to encourage them to clean up.
     
  5. lazy gardener

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    I've had a flock of up to 50, add to it every spring and use FF for adults AND chicks to prevent the waste and to improve my feed conversion rate. Makes a huge improvement in my feed bill.
     
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    That is what i was thinkin of doin.
     
  8. sfgwife

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    Just not interested in doin the ff. Thanks though.
     
  9. Doesn't matter if they are babies or adults, I do the same. Well.....I don't even take it out. I just leave the feeder in there until they eat all their food. Doesn't matter to me if it is from the feeder or from the floor. I like to think they are learning a lesson. I know they aren't, but I can act like they are.
     
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