Chickens suddenly eating more... like A LOT more.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tiffrosef, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. tiffrosef

    tiffrosef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been feeding my chickens fermented feed for a few months now, and they were all eating very little of it per day (about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup each) now they are all eating nearly tripple that! I haven't changed anything drastic or anything like that. Just what used to last them all day is now gone in an hour, so I feed more, then that's gone too. I keep feeding them because they act like they're starving to death. They are all roughly 23 weeks right now, some are a few weeks younger than that.

    Am I being suckered by my chickens? Will they just keep eating if I keep feeding? Cause I have only noticed it happening the last three weeks or so, we have been blowing through their feed really quickly.
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they're ramping up to begin laying?
     
  3. tiffrosef

    tiffrosef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As stupid as this sounds, I did not think of that...
     
  4. tiffrosef

    tiffrosef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We also switched to layer feed from grower feed... so I am just not thinking straight right now. That probably plays a part too.
     
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is fall and if they are out free ranging then it could be that they have started to clean out their range of easy food.
     
  6. tiffrosef

    tiffrosef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neighbors dogs prevent me from free ranging them :( they already tried to eat one of my birds while I was out there with them.
     
  7. gtaff

    gtaff Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine are eating more too. I was wondering if it was the change of seasons. Can you do something maybe to add a little more protein so they do not eat as much?
     
  8. tiffrosef

    tiffrosef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually added more calcium and protein. I gave them a few cans of beans and some oyster shell and that seemed to do the trick!
     
  9. nellielou

    nellielou New Egg

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    New to this group. Just wondering; I thought I read beans weren't good to give chickens?
     
  10. threescompany

    threescompany Chillin' With My Peeps

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