Voracious chicks !

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WWolf, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. WWolf

    WWolf Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 27 Ancona chicks from McMurray They are very vigorous and EAT well. They eat like no little critters I have ever fed before !
    Their little crops are quite plump It seems OK but do all chicks eat like this ?
     
  2. EngieKisses

    EngieKisses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have some RIR and some Polish chicks, all of them eat like little piglets! They have been healthy from day one though, they are all 4-5 weeks old now.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    From the time my chickens were little they've all had Semi-Dolly Parton syndrome. I think some of them would develop second and third crops if they could.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    That is one reason why -- when they are a little older -- free range is so attractive.

    My free range hens eat very little layer feed. They would rather eat grass and bugs from the lawn and woods. I will not take their free range from them. Meanwhile, my chicks are eating huge amounts of their starter/grower.

    On the other hand, I lost 15 of 20 of my free rangers to predators since last May, including all 4 roo's. Probably mostly fox: I have removed 3 fox.

    Sigh.

    I am going to try really large yards this year, a lot more than 10 sq. ft. per bird, for the chicks.
     

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