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how often do you feed chickens?

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I am just gathering info before building a coop and getting chickens. I have a lot to learn. How often do you feed the chickens and how often must you clean the coop. I am planning on getting @ 6 chickens. Thank you.

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I keep food available 24/7.

Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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post #3 of 11

You leave food out for them 24/7. They 'eat like birds' - lol - ie, small amounts all day long. I clean under the roosts every other day, and rake and lay down new hay in the rest of the coop every month or two, depending on the weather.

welcome-byc

I'v had a backyard flock for about two years. I have a Leghorn, a Production Red, a Barred Rock, a French Copper Marans, an EE, two OE, an Ameraucana, Buff Brahma, and a BLRW. And two Rouen ducks and a mess of pigeons. And a partridge in a pear tree.......

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I'v had a backyard flock for about two years. I have a Leghorn, a Production Red, a Barred Rock, a French Copper Marans, an EE, two OE, an Ameraucana, Buff Brahma, and a BLRW. And two Rouen ducks and a mess of pigeons. And a partridge in a pear tree.......

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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by aggie9296 

I keep food available 24/7.


Same here!

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Originally Posted by chics in the sun 

You leave food out for them 24/7. They 'eat like birds' - lol - ie, small amounts all day long. I clean under the roosts every other day, and rake and lay down new hay in the rest of the coop every month or two, depending on the weather.

welcome-byc


Ditto.  They don't eat at night once they are full grown... But the feed is available 24/7.

I use pine shavings in the coops and just toss more in there for the chickens to scratch around and keep turned every few weeks or as needed.  I clean the coop out totally twice a year.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by gryeyes 

They don't eat at night once they are full grown... But the feed is available 24/7.

I use pine shavings in the coops and just toss more in there for the chickens to scratch around and keep turned every few weeks or as needed.  I clean the coop out totally twice a year.


Ditto.

Working hard in Canada with Bearded Silkies (White, Blue/Splash, Porcelain), B/B/S Ameraucanas,  and Black/Blue Copper Marans

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Working hard in Canada with Bearded Silkies (White, Blue/Splash, Porcelain), B/B/S Ameraucanas,  and Black/Blue Copper Marans

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post #7 of 11

We feed our laying hens in the morning but they have enough for all day. Usually gone by the time they roost. The babies dishes get filled twice a day, they always have some. Water also gets cleaned morning and night.

Donna

I am the wife to a WONDERFUL man, Mother to 3 children, Mimi to 2 BEAUTIFUL granddaughters, and owned by 4 dogs and MANY chickens.
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Donna

I am the wife to a WONDERFUL man, Mother to 3 children, Mimi to 2 BEAUTIFUL granddaughters, and owned by 4 dogs and MANY chickens.
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post #8 of 11

I dont leave food out at nite unless im sleeping in the next day.  yippiechickie

Geddy-Up
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post #9 of 11

24x7 and in-run only. They graze as needed and have almost no waste since moving to pellets from crumbles.

6 Plymouth Barred Rocks.
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6 Plymouth Barred Rocks.
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post #10 of 11

I too keep my feeder filled 24/7 and change the water daily.  They do not eat any more than they want at the time and so far it has worked for about 12 years....

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