About how much food would 32 chickens eat per month?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bock, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,281
    10
    191
    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    About how much food would 32 laying hens eat in a month? I am trying to figure out the cost if I were to get 25 more layers. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2010
  2. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,281
    10
    191
    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I asked one of my friends today that has 68 chickens, and she said they spend about $350 a month! Wow, I think it would be just a tad too expensive, even for just 32. [​IMG]
     
  3. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    360
    5
    121
    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    I have 28 new-layers and 8 juvies just about to lay. I have them enclosed in a run so all food is provided by me. I go through about 100 lbs of food per month PLUS I feed out produce twice a day, and have two Flock Blocks in the run at all times. I also suppliment with BOSS (about 50 lbs a month) and scratch (50 lbs lasts 4-6 weeks). I live in expensive Bay Area Ca. so I am looking at about $140/mo for food, scratch and blocks; and about $50-60 in produce (supplimented with donated, when I can get it). But I love my spoiled ladies...
     
  4. bjash

    bjash Chillin' With My Peeps

    111
    0
    89
    Jun 5, 2010
    Moline, MI
    My 11 hens go through about a 50# bag/month (at about $8-9/bag).
     
  5. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,281
    10
    191
    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Right now my 15 free range ducks and 2 geese and my 7 caged chickens go through one 50lb bag every two weeks. It seems like 25 more free range chickens would at least add another one or two bags a month.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2010
  6. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    360
    5
    121
    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    Bock, that sounds like a LOT of food. Is it possible other animals are getting into it? Do you bring in the food at night?
     
  7. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,849
    30
    171
    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    I believe I have read 1/4 lb per bird per day. So 8 lbs a day?
    I am not 100% sure on that number.
    I have about that many birds, but make my own feed so I have no idea what the pounds are.

    ON
     
  8. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    I have 21 cureently and I go through 2 - 50lb pound bags of layer, 1 - 50 lb bag of scratch, 1 bag of oyster shell, straw and shavings.

    totaling to about 100 bucks per month.
     
  9. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,281
    10
    191
    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Quote:I'm sure, the food is in a plastic garbage can that is always sealed tight. Does that really seem like a lot of food? The ducks and geese get about a pound in the morning and a pound in the evening, and the chickens get it free choice. [​IMG]
     
  10. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,281
    10
    191
    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Wow! For those of you who sell your eggs, do you make up for most of the lost money or even make a bit of a profit? [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by