“ALLOW CHICKS TO DRINK FOR TWO TO THREE HOURS BEFORE FEEDING”
The use of slide top feeders (one per 25 chicks) is ideal to start the chicks. On the first day cover the litter with newspaper and spread some feed on the papers and have your feeders full also. Begin removing the feeder lids as soon as chicks have adjusted to eating from the permanent feeders, usually within five to seven days. Raise feeders off the litter gradually as the birds grow. The top lip of the feeder should be level with the birds backs. Keep feed in front of the birds at all times. Provide one feeding tube or pan per 25 birds. Feed SunRise 20% Chick Starter-Amprol for the first 3 weeks of age. A Rule of Thumb is to provide 1 kg starter feed per bird. Then gradually switch to SunRise 19% Broiler Grower.
Once the birds have reached 6 weeks of age, feed restriction can be used to slow down growth and promote a healthier bird or a lower protein feed SunRise 16% Poultry Grower, can be used. Feed what the birds can eat in 20 to 30 minutes 2 to 3 times per day. Caution must be used, as too little feed can leave the bird malnourished. Electrolytes in the water can also be used during feed restriction.