BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Feeding & Watering Your Flock › how often should i feed my chickens ?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

how often should i feed my chickens ?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

im feeding my chickens layer mash ..... i've had a couple people tell me to feed them 2 times per day .....i've also had a couple people tell me i could feed them in the morning only !!!!!!!!!! fill me in , what is best for my chickens ? i do not have heat or light in thier coop yet ...

lovin country livin
Reply
lovin country livin
Reply
post #2 of 22

I keep my feeder filled at all times. I also free range them most days so they can get greens, bugs, etc. but they always have access to layer pellets in the coop or run. In the summer the feeder hangs in the run, in the coldest part of the winter I put it in the coop.

Mom to 3 sons, 2 horses, 1 Chesapeake, 2 BO's, 1 SLW, and 7 refrigerator chicks (eggs hatched after being refrigerated), they are 5 SLW's and 2 BO/SLW crosses.
Reply
Mom to 3 sons, 2 horses, 1 Chesapeake, 2 BO's, 1 SLW, and 7 refrigerator chicks (eggs hatched after being refrigerated), they are 5 SLW's and 2 BO/SLW crosses.
Reply
post #3 of 22

I keep their food container filled at all times.  The reason I do this is because when you have multiple animals in which there is a pecking order the biggest, strongest and most aggressive take their fill first, then the next, etc...the animal at the bottom gets whats left, if anything.  I feed layer crumble and put the feeder up on a short stump.  I never have waste.  What gets knock on the ground they eat.

Hope this helps smile  and welcome-byc

Swedish Flower Hens
 

Reply

Swedish Flower Hens
 

Reply
post #4 of 22

We have a gallon hanging feeder in the coop, I fill it half full every 3 days and it's never empty by then. We only have 4 large fowl in there right now, but will be getting a few more in spring.
Try the twice a day thing if you feel better about it. If they don't eat what you give them then, you will know how to adjust quantity from there.

Hi I'm Kat   I'm now in Whitney, TX, I have Mom's 2 Sultans, and 2 Sultan/Japanese Bantam mix, and 4 new bantam chicks. I now have 4 female Cats, 1 Jack Russell, 1 Deer Chihuahua, 1 Border Collie mix, and 3 SugarGliders. 
Reply
Hi I'm Kat   I'm now in Whitney, TX, I have Mom's 2 Sultans, and 2 Sultan/Japanese Bantam mix, and 4 new bantam chicks. I now have 4 female Cats, 1 Jack Russell, 1 Deer Chihuahua, 1 Border Collie mix, and 3 SugarGliders. 
Reply
post #5 of 22

I keep layer pellets in front of them at all times.  Feed oats as scratch in the AM then again about 3 PM so they will fill their crops for the long winter's night...

post #6 of 22

I've always fed free choice as well.  As KKH pointed out, if you just put out a certain amount, low chickens in the pecking order, who have to eat last, may not get any food.  This happens on occasion when I take a plate of treats/scraps out to them; my two little/new girls don't get any (unless I take them out a separate saucer).

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

Reply

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

Reply
post #7 of 22

I feed our flocks twice a day, but it's mainly to keep their feeders full. I try and never let the feeders run out. I gather the eggs, look at all the chickens to check for sickness or injury, top off the water, throw out a bit of scratch grain for a treat, top off the feed, add shavings ocassionaly, every morning and again every night. I really don't have to do it twice a day, it's just my personal choice.
I don't add any light or heat to my coops, but some do. Again, it's a personal choice.
I also use laying pellets instead of mash because there is less waste. I've seen several post here on BYC about people's birds not eating pellets, but we've never had that problem

Good luck!



No posts at all, but by the time I hunt and peck out a reply half of BYC beats me to it. lau
walks away mumbling; iwishinewhowtotypeoratleasthadtakentypeinginhighschoolorsomethingifeelsostupid


Edited by mississippifarmboy - 12/16/10 at 4:24pm

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain

Whippoorwill Creek Farm, St Cloud, Florida

Hatching eggs, chicks and started birds available in season. CSA garden forming now.

 

 

My Barn and Coop Page

About Me

Reply

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain

Whippoorwill Creek Farm, St Cloud, Florida

Hatching eggs, chicks and started birds available in season. CSA garden forming now.

 

 

My Barn and Coop Page

About Me

Reply
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

enough said .....im filling the feeders and keeping them that way ....although im worried that ants and stuff will start infesting the coop .........does anyone know if chickens will eat bees?

lovin country livin
Reply
lovin country livin
Reply
post #9 of 22

In the spring, summer and fall I feed once a day in the evening.  In the winter, I feed once a day in the morning.  I don't leave food out continually due to attracting rodents to my coop, rodents bring predators.  They also can  eat a surprising amount of feed.


Edited by Beekissed - 12/16/10 at 4:24pm
post #10 of 22

when the ants come my chickens eat them too!....more protein!


Edited by vmdanielsen - 12/16/10 at 4:24pm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Feeding & Watering Your Flock
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Feeding & Watering Your Flock › how often should i feed my chickens ?