Feed Consumption

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Silver Silkie, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Silver Silkie

    Silver Silkie Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to do some calculations. For those who own 20-25 layers, how much feed do you go through a month (pounds)? Per bird? Average flock?

    Thanks!
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    mostly bantam flock of 75 not free ranged 2 bags/100 lbs. a month as their sole diet . i think they are 50lb. bags they may be 40. purina flock raiser and its an all you can eat buffett. 24/7
     
  3. Rawdy

    Rawdy New Egg

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    hey folks i recently joined up. an was looking around the site for layer rations.
    thanks for sharing that info granny.
    so if you did some math with that figure

    100 / 75 = 1.33 lbs per bird a month

    1.33 / 30 days = .044 lbs per bird a day

    sound bout right to you.
     
  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    welcome to BYC. if you say so, i dont do any kind of math except chicken math!! lol[​IMG]
     
  5. Rawdy

    Rawdy New Egg

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    i read another thread that mentioned 1/4 lb a day per chicken,.as a rule of thumb .
    i will have to experiment with the amount im feeding an see what works for mine.
     
  6. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this # is for bantams so it's not even in the ballpark for a light breed layer.
    .044# per day would mean they only eat 3/4 oz per day.

    At 4 oz per day a "regular" hen would consume 1.75# a week. Round up to 2#. A flock of 20 would than be 40# a week or 175# a month. I feed 14 mostly dual purpose hens and 9 guineas. They freerange and get at least 2# of vegetables, kitchen scraps, stale foods, alfalfa fines and corn chops every day. They go through 50# every week like clockwork. That's 2.1# per bird per week. The weather (cold) has a profound impact on how much they go through as well. The sub zero spells we had bumped their consumption 50%.
     
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  7. Rawdy

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    That does sound slim pc , i picked up some barred rocks
    3 weeks ago 1 hen thats allready laying . An 4 pullets that are
    About 6 weeks now.
    I measured what im feeding the hen this morning.
    Im feeding her 2 cups of 22% super layers pellets .
    I cup weighs 5 oz. so she is getting 10ozs a day.
    Feeownah laid her first egg a couple days after we got her
    Then didnt lay for 8 days now shes laid an egg 2 days in
    A row . Yea! The first egg was on the small side but the next two are
    Are med/ lrg in size . The pullets are seperated from her ,an they are
    Getting. Aprox. 4 ozs of dumor chick feed 4 times a day.
     
  8. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    well, i know the bantams eat more then that . what am i missing?
     
  9. granny hatchet

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    cracked corn 50 lbs. [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got about 20 hens & 1 rooster in a pen that eat a 50# bag of layer about every 10 days. That's about 5# per day, about 4 oz per bird. I didn't use a calculator so it may be a tad more or less, plus they never eat exactly the same amount every day.
     

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