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Confused on feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dfchaser, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. dfchaser

    dfchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is our first time raising chickens and I am confused on feeding. We free range our birds on 3.5 acres. We supplement with pellets and corn. n the spring, summer and fall we would throw out a few handfuls of grain for them and really get them scratching for bugs. Now that is is winter, we have noticed our birds getting rather small (obviously there is not as many bugs for them to eat). How much feed should I supplement with. I have generally read 1/4lb per bird. (Some findings have been over that, and others under).

    They also get plenty of water, and can choose water with or without apple cider vinegar (the goats love it too!)

    Any insight would be helpful, since I have all these numbers spinning around in my head!
     
  2. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just have a free feeder bin that we keep full at all times. The girls can eat as much as they want. I have found that they are going through pellets at about double the rate they were when they were free ranging over the summer.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When forage is lacking your birds need a feeder full at all times of good feed. Scratch is a treat. They need a layer feed or at least a flocker raiser type feed to keep from loosing so much weight. If they get too skinny you'll have health issues, hens that can't lay eggs properly and the onset of disease from their immune systems being compromised.
     
  4. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand that chickens can self regulate their feed intake, so I keep mine full. Now I don't keep it full of cheese [​IMG]
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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