Can't they just free range???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mahsmaj, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. mahsmaj

    mahsmaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Hannibal, Missouri
    Can chickens just free range without humans providing food??? I would still give them fresh water but with the price of food. . . I might just give up buying feed if they would be fine...
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    If you cannot afford to feed them you should look for a new home for them.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sure, but if they don't have enough space they won't find enough to eat. Even if they had all the space they could go, they would probably not have a balanced diet and suffer bad health in the long term.
  4. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Do you have grouse/turkeys/pheasants in your area? If your habitat can support chickens, you would probably have one of these birds around.

    Commercial feed is not necessary. It probably didn't even exist until after WW2 and chickens have been around for several thousand years. Commercial feed will allow for fast meat growth and efficient egg laying. But it is not necessary for survival.

    Depending on your habitat, you might get less eggs or some weak shelled eggs. You could ration out any commercial feed. Free range chickens would probably eat much less of it anyway (I've heard up to 50% less).
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Mine do eat LESS in summer when they're tearing up the garden, but they do still eat the food I provide. They actually eat it LAST - after the bugs and the scratching around is done for the day.

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