# Feed Consumption

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

1. ### Silver SilkieIn 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 hatchetTastes like chickenPremium 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. ### RawdyHatching

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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 hatchetTastes like chickenPremium Member

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welcome to BYC. if you say so, i dont do any kind of math except chicken math!! lol

5. ### RawdyHatching

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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 chickCrowing

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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. ### RawdyHatching

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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
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 hatchetTastes like chickenPremium Member

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

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