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If you free range do you still have to feed them pellets or crumbles?

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I have 20 chickens and have decided to let them free range. When free ranging do you still need to put food in there feeder? 

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Yes. There are nutrients in the food that they may not be getting from free ranging. I'd also make sure they're getting enough calcium.

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post #3 of 11

If you live on a farm where other animals are eating grains and such and there is good pasture, they may get most of what they need during free range time.  If you have a sterile urban backyard, they definitely need crumbles/pellets. Its not a simple question-the answer depends on what you have in their free range area. Even my grandfather fed his chickens layer crumble on his 50 acre farm, where they had access to the feed for the mules, cows and hogs.
 

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better to offer it and the birds eat what they need than to offer nothing and them to not have enough to eat.

 

When they have lots of free-range time, my birds eat a LOT less pellets.   When they spend more time in the run, they eat more.   

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better to offer it and the birds eat what they need than to offer nothing and them to not have enough to eat.

 

When they have lots of free-range time, my birds eat a LOT less pellets.   When they spend more time in the run, they eat more.   

That is very true! That is why I like to free range mine daily, if I can.

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post #6 of 11

 I toss some pellets in the woods for them during the day. I did do scratch when I had it.Also might do BOSS,but that brings in the squirrels.

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 I toss some pellets in the woods for them during the day. I did do scratch when I had it.Also might do BOSS,but that brings in the squirrels.

My girls fight off the squirrels pretty great.... however, who knows?  I've heard about BOSS and haven't tried it.  Will certainly look into it more this summer.  Play play play in the summertime!

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I've noticed that ours eat less pellets when we let them free-range, however we do both, so they can get the nutrients.

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My flock: White Leghorns, Blue Silkies, Sex Link, Splash Silkie, Brown Leghorn, Anconas, Mallard ducks, Delawares, Silver Leghorns, Lakenvelders, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Patridge Cochin, Golden Sebrights...42 & counting! 

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post #9 of 11

mine free range and I keep layer crumbles,grit and oyster shells available at all times. They will eat less of it when they freerange and more when I confine them to the run.

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I have free rangers and free loaders.

the free rangers are up and out in the fields at the crack of dawn.

, while the freeloaders are still up on the roost waiting for me to walk outa the barn with that bag of feed on my shoulders.

 

 Most of my freeloaders are big  fluffy chickens and are pretty slow even in high gear so i am glad they stay close cause they are my favs.

So i feed my birds a couple times a day just for good measure and they are very healthy.

 

I have unlimited pasture and forage areas and i could get by without feeding the ranges all togeather and they would be fine, they don't come back up to eat if they are already out but will clean up leftovers when they come home to rest around noon.

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