Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
can you say more about how you are insulating your coop with the feed bags....thanks!
I cut the feed bags down 1 side so they open out single layer & then staple them to the inside walls of my coops like wall paper. I even use them on the outside of some of my wire cages as rain shields or wind brakes, especially in winter. The tightly woven bags (Purina, Nutrena, store brand feeds) work much better than the plastic burlap style or paper mill bags. The paper ones get wet & stinky & you can't clean them. They have to be replaced instead. And the mill bags shread when you try to cut them so would need to be used whole in a double layer to be effective. They are also much more porous than the heavier bags so don't keep air out as well. All you have to do with the heavy bags is hose them down or take a scrub brush & some dish soap to them a couple times per year to keep them poop-free.
Originally Posted by pagumby
This question is for those of you with 100+ birds. I have 60-70 chickens (yep I loose count when they won't stand still) 6 geese, 19 duck and a few quail. What is the average amount of feed I should be going threw per week. They don't free range ( well a few hop the fence) and I do throw in things from the garden and scraps from canning (almost daily). I'm averaging about 200# of feed a week. Is that too much, just right or not enough? They act like pigs so I don't know if they are hungry or just have me trained to feed on demand. I only feed them twice a day. There is usually still powdery stuff left in their feed dish when I go out to feed them in the evening.
I ferment feed so actually use about half what I did when I was feeding dry. I currently have about 12 guineas, 40 chickens, 11 geese, 60 ducks, 4 turkeys, a few left-over quail that didn't sell, and about 20 babies of assorted breeds in 3 brooders. Here is the list of what I buy at the beginning of each month (I just got rid of close to 100 birds, mostly quail & babies) so my feed use has gone down a lot in the past 2 weeks. When I was feeding 200-250 birds daily I was using:
200 pounds starter/grower
480 pounds meat bird
600 pounds layer mash
450 pounds grain mix that I have made at the mill
50 pounds oyster shell
1780 pounds of feed/shell per month
aprox. 415 pounds per week for 200-250 birds
That comes to about 1.6 pounds of feed per bird per week. Of course, quail eat much less than geese & turkeys, so it is just an average. None of my birds free-range and I tend to over feed because I prefer to give them too much rather than too little. The way I judge whether they are getting enough is to check the bowls each evening before putting them to bed & see if they are close to empty or picked completely clean. If they are mostly empty with a few spare crumbs then it's perfect. If there is a lot left then it's too much. If it's picked totally clean by mid-afternoon then they need more food. I have a couple pens that I give 2-3 feedings per day because there is either competition for the food because there are a lot of birds in the pen or because they are younger birds & I like to split their feeding up into portions to make sure they are getting enough without wasting it. The brooders are fed on-demand, I just fill bowls when they are almost empty.
Originally Posted by beaglady
Originally Posted by Reyvaughn
To just have a friend in the back field to hop on and got for a ride, that isn't that bad. I spend more on my birds in a month.
The first thing I thought when I ready our post is that I should trade my chickens in for a horse. If only... (No fencing )
My daughter has been after me for a horse for years, but we have the same problem: not enough room, no barn & no fence.