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How much do you feed your all day free range chickens?

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I free range my chickens all day. The door goes up at dawn and down at dusk and they have the run of 30 acres all waking moments. I put out a gallon can of feed right by the coop once a day and that's it. Sometimes they don't eat it. How much feed do you offer if you free range all day? I have 7 13 wk pullets free ranging right now and 14 chicks and 1 roo in the brooder.

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post #2 of 16

I keep my food inside the coop where they can come/go, so they have 24/7 access to unlimited feed if they want it.

We have 15 acres for our free range chickens (although they rarely go very far from the coop or the barn).


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Raising Katahdin meat sheep, Silkies, Guineas, Egg Layers, annual pig, Papillons, toy Poodle,

Cornish Rex cats, Musk Turtle, Kangal LGDs (and puppies) and Grt Pyr on 15 acres in the middle of nowhere.

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post #3 of 16

I offer feed all day long, so they eat when they get ready.  I put out about 25 - 30 gallons of feed every day for ALL of my animals.  That will last 1 - 1 1/2 days.

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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #4 of 16

Mine free range like yours.  I give them some layer feed before they go in for the night.  They never eat all I put down, and some don't eat it at all.  I just do it mainly for my benefit as they "guilt" me into it by greeting me when I get home.  All of mine RUN for me when they hear my voice.  Even if I'm just calling the dog.  All of the sudden I have chickens from all over RUNNING towards me.  I should film it.  lau  They don't get much.  A few cups for all of them.  I never leave feed in the coop.

Getting one blue egg and one green egg and lots of brown eggs nearly everyday!
4 BR pullets, 2 BO pullets, 2 EE pullets, 1 RIR pullet, 1 RIR cockerel, 1 silkie bantam cockerel, 1 OEGB cockerel
3 Shelter/rescue girls - Senior Sheltie, Middle Aged Toy Poodle, One-Eyed Pug - not quite a spring chicken
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Getting one blue egg and one green egg and lots of brown eggs nearly everyday!
4 BR pullets, 2 BO pullets, 2 EE pullets, 1 RIR pullet, 1 RIR cockerel, 1 silkie bantam cockerel, 1 OEGB cockerel
3 Shelter/rescue girls - Senior Sheltie, Middle Aged Toy Poodle, One-Eyed Pug - not quite a spring chicken
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post #5 of 16

I have a feeder full in the coop all the time.  They're usually out and about, unless they go back to the coop to lay an egg.  They usually eat out of the feeder and get a drink before they go to roost at night.  They eat and drink in the morning, before the door opens, too.

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Our 5 are in the coop/run in the morning until about 1030 to ensure that they work on  cleaning up whatever feed is leftover from the previous day.  And to keep them laying in the box and not some new spot they just found. We let them out and reload the feed, usually about 1/2 lb for the day. But now that the snow is falling I'm interested to see how long the hens will range before returning to the run to stay fed and how much more well have to put out for them.

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I have a feeder full in the coop all the time.  They're usually out and about, unless they go back to the coop to lay an egg.  They usually eat out of the feeder and get a drink before they go to roost at night.  They eat and drink in the morning, before the door opens, too.


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Originally Posted by WoodlandWoman 

I have a feeder full in the coop all the time.  They're usually out and about, unless they go back to the coop to lay an egg.  They usually eat out of the feeder and get a drink before they go to roost at night.  They eat and drink in the morning, before the door opens, too.


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Pretty much the same here.  Mine will "visit" one another's coops for meals sometimes too.  Bugs have been gone from our area for several weeks now, and the grass is going fast.  So they're already eating more...

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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.
 

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post #9 of 16

I don't feed my free range flock anything during the summer months. Now I have to of course because all they'd get outside is snow, snow a bit more snow and some ice tongue

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You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

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post #10 of 16

Mine stay out all day also. I don't "feed" them per se, but the feed is there if and when they want the layer. Each week they, with the help with the squirrels, I think, they eat about  3 lbs of layer.

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