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Figured Out How Many Cups of Feed Equals One Pound!!

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Hello all,

While searching the question "how much to feed adult chickens per day", we find that the answer seems to be "1/4 lb per chicken, 1/3 lb if it is a very large chicken".

 

I don't know about you, but the feed scoopers that I use aren't measured by the pound!!

 

This question has been eating at me for weeks now, SO- I finally broke out my postage scale and measuring cups, and got to weighing chicken feed. The feed I used for weighing was Dumor Grower/Finisher Crumble.

 

I discovered that:

 

  • Exactly 3/4 cup = 1/4 lb. So one average size chicken should be fed 3/4 of a cup per day.
  • Exactly 1 cup = 1/3 lb. So one very large chicken should be fed 1 whole cup per day.

 

So if I have 4 average size hens, I should be giving them 3 cups of feed per day. 8 average size hens get 6 cups per day. And so on. I'll have to see if the weight varies a lot by brand or formula, but at least now I have SOME idea of how much feed equals one pound!

 

Hope this information helps someone out there desperately searching for information on how much they should feed their chickens.

 

Jenne

Wyandottes: 3 BLRs, 2 GL.

5 EEs, 3 CMs, 1 Mottled Houdan, 1 EF, 2 Leghorn x Modern Game Crosses.

4 Pekin Ducks, 2 Brown Chinese Geese <3

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Wyandottes: 3 BLRs, 2 GL.

5 EEs, 3 CMs, 1 Mottled Houdan, 1 EF, 2 Leghorn x Modern Game Crosses.

4 Pekin Ducks, 2 Brown Chinese Geese <3

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A bunch of folks will no doubt chime in with "just free feed 24/7"

 

My take is this.  Feed the amount you are projecting.  Feed most of that amount in the morning.  When you check the feed in late afternoon, just look.  Is it dead empty?  If so, when was it emptied?  By noon?  This will tell you that your morning feeding was seriously deficient for their appetites and needs.  I feed as much as they can eat and virtually finish before going to roost.  That means I've fed them right.  Experience comes into play here.  Were there ranging opportunities?  Was there table scraps thrown as well?  If a balanced feed is offered, the reality is that most chickens never "over eat".

 

 

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CynazarGoldens,

 

 

The thing you have to keep in mind is that if you are one brand and I am feeding another those two brands might weigh out differently when measured in cups. Also chickens eat to fill there energy needs, so if your birds are on a Low energy feed they are going to eat more than birds on a High energy. [different feeds have different feeding requirements]

Weight of feed should always be use and if you don't want to weigh the the free feed. 

 

 

Chris


Edited by Chris09 - 6/4/12 at 8:02am

 

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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I know I said a while it would be nice to know how much a cup feed weighs.  With all the people asking if this number of cups was the right amount, the conversion to weight would then be easier.  That being my reason for wanting to knowing.  Yeah I know feeds have different weights per volume.  Each grain has a different weight per bushel and the moisture can vary too, so the different feed mixes end up different.  And the makers do change their recipes according to whats available and thus change the exact weight per volume.  Having a general idea of what the weight per cup is for me good.  So thank you Jenne, for doing something that saves me from scratching my itch to know.

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I know I said a while it would be nice to know how much a cup feed weighs.  With all the people asking if this number of cups was the right amount, the conversion to weight would then be easier.  That being my reason for wanting to knowing.  Yeah I know feeds have different weights per volume.  Each grain has a different weight per bushel and the moisture can vary too, so the different feed mixes end up different.  And the makers do change their recipes according to whats available and thus change the exact weight per volume.  Having a general idea of what the weight per cup is for me good.  So thank you Jenne, for doing something that saves me from scratching my itch to know.

You're very welcome! Glad I could give you a rough idea of what equals what. I'm pretty good at eyeballing weights, when they're 10, 40, 60 lbs, but ask me to guess how much 1/4 a pound is and forget it! That's why I did my little experiment, and figured I'd share my findings.

 

 

Fred's Hens & Chris09

 

Of course different chickens will need different amounts of feed, depending on their breed, age, weight, activity level, and whether or not they are allowed to free range. I'm no expert on chicken diets. I do know, however, that when you search the internet for information on how much to feed a chicken, most of the answers are "it depends". The only actual informative answer that you can seem to find is 1/4 - 1/3 lb of feed per chicken. I don't agree or disagree with that measurement, because we all know that each chicken is different. Since I don't use a scale to feed my chickens, I was curious to see how many scooper fulls were equal to this amount.

Of course different feeds and formulas will weigh differently. That's why I included the exact name of the feed that I weighed. Maybe when I have a little more free time I may purchase a few bags of the other brands and weigh those too.

I had no clue how many scoops 1/4 of a pound of chicken feed was, and I'm sure there are many people out there who still have no clue.

For those who are new to chickens, having a rough idea of where to start is a great help.

 

Also, it's important to consider that chickens eat when they're bored, and freeloading pests will sometimes get into the feed, so leaving food out all day and refilling it when it is empty may not be the most economical solution. Chickens are built to scavange, so they should be fed small amounts throughout the day.

 

As for me? For the time being my chickens are hanging out in my porch, so whenever they are hungry or need something they will come and pester me on my way in and out of the house LOL. Personally, I think they wouldn't be as friendly with me if I filled their feeders to the brim every day.

 

Jenne

Wyandottes: 3 BLRs, 2 GL.

5 EEs, 3 CMs, 1 Mottled Houdan, 1 EF, 2 Leghorn x Modern Game Crosses.

4 Pekin Ducks, 2 Brown Chinese Geese <3

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Wyandottes: 3 BLRs, 2 GL.

5 EEs, 3 CMs, 1 Mottled Houdan, 1 EF, 2 Leghorn x Modern Game Crosses.

4 Pekin Ducks, 2 Brown Chinese Geese <3

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