How Much Will a Baby Chick Eat?

Owners of new baby chicks often wonder how much the chicks will eat. Join Nutrena Poultry Specialist Twain Lockhart as he explains how much baby chicks eat in their first weeks of life, as well as tips on how to get them eating quickly.

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4 thoughts on “How Much Will a Baby Chick Eat?

  1. There is a chart referenced at 0:30. Where can we find this chart. It would great to be able to print or share. Thanks

  2. Do you need to transition young chickens to layer feed or can you just start feeding them the new food. I plan to go from chick crumbles to Nutrena pelleted layer food. Thanks, Laura

    • Hi Laura,
      It is a good idea to transition your birds over at least a few days when you are chaninging to a new feed. Especially when you are changing particle size (going from crumbles to pellets) birds can be fairly finicky and refuse if switched cold turkey (pun intended 🙂 ). A good way to transition feed is to wait until you are at the end of a bag of your current feed. Then take your new feed and mix 80/20 old to new feed. Work your way through the old feed gradually, increasing the new amount every few days. Eventually you’ll be 100% on the new feed and your birds won’t have even noticed they were switched!

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