13 RIR Hens.....40 pounds layer pellets a week about right?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DENALI, Mar 31, 2008.


    DENALI Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    The 13 girls went through a 40 pound bag in a week free choice. Plus i toss them a couple handfuls of either scratch or BOSS each night. Just wondering if that sounds about right. The previous owner just fed basically soybean meal and some corn. Thanks
  2. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Quote:I would have thought it a little high, but not completely wild.

    Based on 6oz per bird, per day, they would get through 34lb a week. With 10% wastage that would be 37 to 38lb
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    that sounds right to me.they dont waste that much feed.
  4. Sunny Chook Farm

    Sunny Chook Farm Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    12 of my hens are laying now and 6 of my ducks, I only use 40 to 45 lbs a week for them...,
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    It sounds about right. Remember that if you don't free range they will eat more than if they free range. I know that mine have their run pick down to dirt so they don't have weeds and bugs (not much of that here right now anyway) in there-just what we throw to them.
  6. I buy a 50 lb bag every 2 weeks, for my 13 RIR, but the feeder is up off the ground so that they can't scratch it out,also I give them BOSS, and whatever bread our families have left over plus any greens we have that sorta look yucky,
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Each hen should have app. a 1/3 of a pound of feed per day. If free ranged they will eat a little less.
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    For cooped birds, that doesn't sound too bad, especially if they are heavier birds and not leghorns which weigh about 4 lbs and is the basis of about 90% of the "feed requirement" info you can find.

    My 22 adults (5 are banties), they go though about 100 lbs a month... but that is supplemented with about 4-6 gallons of scrap food/left over/ bakery ends a week, and complete free range from sun up to sun down on very buggy partially tree covered partially tilled, and partially grassy acerage (ie. very goodie filled land). They spend the night in the coop, and what ever time they want to spend in there nibbling before and after laying eggs.

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