Do chickens need store bought feed all day long?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Willow's Meadow, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    My chickens live inside of my barn at night. In the day I let them outside and I bring there food and water out with them. I can't leave it inside because I have other animals, and cement floor and I don't want them wandering in and out---making a mess and getting into un safe chicken parts of the barn. But there feed seems to be empty by the end of the day(I give them about half of a 10 lbs. feeder full and there are 17 chickens.). My first question much feed does a flock of 17 2 months old usually eat? I don't measure it...but I wanted to know if they are ACTUALLY eating it all day or it is being wasted some how.

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