Feeding 30 chicks is very different from feeding 3 hens. Meat chickens are essentially the pigs of the chicken world. We have been refilling their feeders 3 times a day, they are a week and a half old with 6 1/2 more to go. We had to get more practical, fast.
With a rainy day it was off to the garage to create a chicken trough. I have an ever growing respect for his “handy” abilities. The bottom board is an old shelf from his father’s garage, the cover and front is a left over from the bee hives, the bottom groove is from the green house, and the back is from when we built the garage. The hinges were from a pantry in his father’s garage too…waste not want not.
It fits an entire bag of feed.
That will keep those hungry little growers fed for a couple days and accommodate them as they grow into the 6-8 pounds we expect of them.
Belly up to the bar little girls, no one is going hungry today. A couple more weeks in the smaller side of the coop and the littles will be changing places with the Old Hens. The 3 girls really don’t need that much space but the 30 will.
Take what you have and make it into what you need.
It’s a good life lesson…