What do I do?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NewmamaHen1974, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. NewmamaHen1974

    NewmamaHen1974 In the Brooder

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    Ok, Im not sure what to do. My Barred Rocks are 8 weeks old and going through 55lbs of chick starter a week! I asked the lady at the feed store when do I start them on grower because they eat so much. She said at 12 weeks. She said I am feeding them to much. I fill there gallon feeder twice a day. I do understand they waist some but Ive seen them eat a pint of food in just under 1 hour. I have tried cutting them back on starter and fill in with fresh fruits and veggies but they started plucking each others feathers out. When I took them back to the gallon twice a day the plucking stopped! Help what do I do??????


    Jamie
     
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  2. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    How many do you have?

    I've always switched mine to grower by 5-6 weeks old. The starter is the same price as the grower, so I don't see how that will help your situation :idunno

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  3. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    You are not feeding them too much. They should be allowed free access to feed throughout the day. A lot of feed store employees do not know what they are talking about.
     
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  4. NewmamaHen1974

    NewmamaHen1974 In the Brooder

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    I'm not worried about the price, I was just worried they were eating to much, wouldn't want the government to tell me my chickens are obese.[​IMG]
     
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  5. NewmamaHen1974

    NewmamaHen1974 In the Brooder

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    I happy that im not feeding them to much! They have a chicken run but thanks to my neighbors 6 cats and 3 dogs I cant let them be free range! Thats why I dont have a problem letting them eat as much as they want.
     
  6. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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  7. aoxa

    aoxa Crowing

    They most likely won't get obese on chicken feed alone. It's the treats you give them in addition to their feed that takes a toll.

    How many did you say you have?

    Just read another one of your posts. You have 15 chicks that are 8 weeks old going through 55 lbs of feed a week?!

    Holy crapoly! I have 36 chickens that go through the same amount, and they are all 8 weeks and older! :th

    Are you sure something else isn't getting into your feed? Mice? Rats? Raccoons?
     
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  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    That does sound like a lot of feed. Are you keeping them under lights at night? That would allow them to eat 24 hours a day. I have 35 ish birds of various ages, and I don't go through nearly as much feed per bird. I also switch to grower around 6 weeks.
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     

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