A question came up on another thread, and got a little heated, due to my background with rescuing animals who were starved of food. So I am asking here, for clarity for all, and for others to chime in with their "expertise." Do you remove the food from your flocks at night? Why? I have been taught, and have found, that it is BEST to keep food and water available at all times to my flock. If the food bowl gets empty, or is removed, when it is replaced/refilled, the animals go nuts, whether it's fighting with my chicken flock, or just gorging with either chickens or ducks. But, if I leave the food dish alone, and keep it filled, the animals are perfectly content, and eat "normally." I have been told that the former behavior (fighting and gorging) is because the animals feel the need to protect the "scarce food" from the others eating it, and then eat as much of it as possible, because they don't know when more food will be available. Which makes sense. I don't find any of my animals over-eating, or wasting food when I do it this way. They eat as needed only, and I actually go through LESS food, because they aren't gorging on the "scare food supply."