Can hens go without food during the night?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenbike, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    My girls are now 8.5 weeks old. They roost at night in the Forsham design chicken ark. Are chickens able to go through the night without food?

    I currently have both food and water accesible during the night, but am wondering about whether they will need access to food at night.

    If they are able to be without food, at what age could I begin?
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    They don't eat in the dark, they can't see very well in darkness.

    They'll be fine without food overnight.
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  3. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I read an article recently after a feeding question that said with a full crop a chicken could go 24 hours without more food. I feed twice. breakfast and dinner, She goes to bed right after dinner, and though there is some food left, usually all she wants overnight is water.

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