when do i stop feeding babies 24/7

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jmc, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    i have done ducklings for past years, and generally feeding them 24 hours a day is a good rule of thumb for the first two weeks.


    i have been feeding the chicks i now have (RIR and Brahmas) 24/7 and they are now over 3 weeks old.

    for those with EXPERIENCE, when might i stop the 24/7 thing.

    i know i could just do what i feel is right, but i just wanted to ask some others. (a wise man takes counsel)

    thanks
     
  2. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I offer our chicks food 24/7 until they are out of the brooder. Which depending on the season is around 6-8 weeks. So I'd recommend that as I've yet to own a chick that'll just keep eating until he/she pops. [​IMG] And they're growing so always provide nutrition.
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  3. J.S. Webb

    J.S. Webb Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep feed in the brooder at all times.
     
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    From hatch to death, I free feed all the time. I always have food in front of them all, be they ducks or chickens. Never heard of rationing feed, they eat what they need in my experience. When they are getting more free range time the food consumption drops considerably.

    The exception would be if mice or rats get in at night. In that case, I would take up the feed overnight.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I keep feed available 24/7 from day one up through and including adulthood, although once they get past the lamp stage they don't eat at night ('cause they're sleeping in the dark).
    As long as you have a lamp on them, I would have food available. However, once you/they get to the point of being in the dark at night, there's no need for food, since they sleep at night. Of course that's assuming that you're allowing them access to it again once daylight rolls around early the next morning...
     
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  6. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the two previous posters... My flock

    has feed available 24/7.
     
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  7. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

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    The only thing that regulates their eating is the sun rise/sun set.
     
  10. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, my chickens have always had access to food and water at all times.
     

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