Can you overfeed your chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NooNoo, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. NooNoo

    NooNoo In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2012
    I have 28 hens in total some are 2 yrs and the majority are from 7 months to 18 months old. Apart from 1 mamma sitting on eggs I have 4 persistent broodies at the moment and I collect on average 10 - 12 eggs per day ! They are free range mostly but always have layers pellets available ! Am I overfeeding them ? They seem so lazy and within a half hour of been let out in the mornings they are sleeping on the deck! They don't seem to need to do much foraging ! They are all fat & healthy, looks wise & behaviour wise. Constantly look for any hidden nests (have a dog that will sniff them out) so maybe they are too fat ? What do you think the average eggs per day should be?

  2. cary 1973

    cary 1973 Songster

    My buff orphintong has a cow in the am till she is let out just so she can come in through my doggy door and lay on her bed on my desk and she takes a 2 to 3 hour nap, my otheres just go up on our milldle fence and goes back to sleep till about 8 then there day consist of naping and pecking and laying in there nesting boxes to have eggs (that takes about 2+ hours a day also) so you chicks sound normal to me but I have only been keeping chickens seince april

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