Voracious chicks !

WWolf

In the Brooder
12 Years
Feb 27, 2007
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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 ?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
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.
 

Judy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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South Georgia
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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