Do I have to feed them everyday?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by muscovy94, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Vicksburg, MS
    Hey everyone I let my chickens free range everyday and I also feed them their lay pellets everyday. Is it necessary to feed them everyday if I let them free range everyday?

  2. Zoomom

    Zoomom Certified Cackleberry Consumer

    Jan 22, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    If you want them to produce a good number of eggs, I would feed them every day. Honesty, just leave the feeder there for them to help themselves and they will self-regulate their consumption. Sometimes they may not get enough of the free range stuff and need the nutrients in the layer feed.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I guess it depends on the quality of your range. Mine range all the time, but I still feed them twice daily, and they scarf it up! They have about a third of an acre they cover (they could go farther but don't, maybe they would if they were hungrier?) and I have twenty birds. You could probably try, and just monitor condition, activity levels and laying. You'd still want to offer oyster shell for calcuim. If egg production falls off or the birds start to look poorly, start feeding them again.
  4. txchickie

    txchickie Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    I have a flock of free range bantams and they are on their own during the summers. I throw a cup of scratch out a couple of times a week, just to keep them fairly tame and coming to me, but that's it.

    I don't know how that would work with standard sized laying hens, though.
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I fill the feeder in am and put outdoors for them where they can pick and choose when they are hungry but I dont refill -I will leave it empty until roosting time-lazy buggers LOL
  6. shareverwonder

    shareverwonder Chirping

    Sep 9, 2010
    Northern Ohio
    My chickens free range during the day. I fill their feeder and leave it available to them all the time. They also have a large pressed cube of seeds and different grains that they peck at. Egg laying is consistent at one per day out of each of the 4 girls. They seem to be doing just fine.[​IMG]
  7. werecatrising

    werecatrising Songster

    Jul 4, 2009
    I have 20 hens of mixed ages and one rooster. They all free range. I live on acreage with wild berries, insects, frogs, etc. They still have a feeder that is always full of flock raiser and a bowl of oyster shell. They don't go through much feed, but I'd rather know it is there if they are lacking something in the forage.

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