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How much should my 10 week old chickens be eating?

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Hello- we're new to keeping chickens, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

We recently bought 6 chickens at about 8-9 weeks old (2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Exchequer Leghorns and 2 Light Sussex crosses), and all seem happy and healthy. We kept them in their coop with integral run for 3 days to help them get settled; since, they have been 'free-ranging' for about 3 days in a fenced off area. The whole time, they have had access to growers pellets, however, they do not seem to eating very much. Advice I have read suggests that they will eat about 130g of growers pellets each per day, but they are probably only eating around a quarter of this. They are scratching and searching for food all day, and seem very lively- should I be worried?

We bought the growers pellets from the same place as the breeders we got the chickens from, so they are not a 'new' feed. We have tried to keep the hens in the coop and integral run for an hour in the mornings before letting them free-range, but they are not eating a lot of pellets before going out.

Thankyou in advance for any advice!

post #2 of 6

They are getting plenty from the grass and bugs. Yes, they will eat less. Besides, I never met a chicken yet that really 'liked' pellitized feed. If you don't believe me then just introduce crumbles and watch the difference.

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post #3 of 6

My flock always eats alot less when they get to free range in the spring through fall.  So that's a good thing, don't worry!  smile

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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post #4 of 6

I feed crumbles and  leave it down 24/7...they eat as much as they want. they do eat a lot, they have a large run to forage in also.

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4-EasterEgger, 3-Blk Australorps, 2-Silver Laced Wyandotts, 1 - gold laced Wyandott, 3-RIR, 1-Light Brahma, 2- Buff Orpingtons, 1  -Blue Rock, 1 - Delaware,  1 - Wheaten Maran, 2 - Cockoo Marans , 5 - Blk Minorcas, 1 - Buff Minorca, 3- Barred rocks, 2- White Giants, 2-great danes, 1-GSH, about 200+ Mexican Free Tailed bats

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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thankyou for your replies- it's reassuring that they are getting what they need from free-ranging. I read somewhere that you can use a liquidiser to turn their pellets into 'crumble' to encourage them to eat it- does anyone know if this helps?

post #6 of 6

When I was getting down to the last of the starter crumbles I started mixing in grower pellets into the feeder, they took to it with no problems. Seem to be eating just fine but I buy less feed now. Crumbles that they slash out of the feeder, just get ground into the sand and wasted, but they can see the pellets and tend to peck them up off the ground. So I really think it's just a matter of less waste rather than less eatin. They also eat less feed when they get to do a lot of ranging.

So I don't think you have a problem. big_smile

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