Originally Posted by Den in Penn
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.