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Feeding 4 chicks into henhood - how much feed (a report)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by vermontgal, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Here's how my feed worked out for 4 chicks (RIR, EE, 2 BR). Two of my chicks are about 6 days older than the other two, due to the way they arrived at the feedstore in a split order.

    25# bag medicated chick starter - lasted until the chicks were 8/9 weeks old.

    50# bag grower crumbles - I still have about 8-10 lbs left, and the chicks are now 20/21 weeks old. So, the 4 chickens should be good with this feed until they start laying.

    I am feeding organic feed, which my local feed store says typically delays laying - so I am not expecting them to lay until at least 24 weeks or longer.

    The feed bags worked out just about perfectly - supplemented by free ranging, sunflower seeds from my garden, pumpkin seeds, various food scraps, and a little bit of oatmeal.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2008
  2. Chicken Salad

    Chicken Salad Songster

    Nov 6, 2008
    Frederick, Maryland
    This is really helpful. Thanks for posting!
  3. Sequin

    Sequin Songster

    May 20, 2008
    My chickens eat a lot. They are fat, glossy, fabulous hens. They free range and adore special treats. A 50# bag lasts me around... oh, 3 weeks I suspect. I haven't really timed it lately. Ok, maybe just shy of a month. And I am feeding 5 hens around 7 months of age. Guess that means I will go through 4 bags of feed a month for 20 or so hens. That is less money in feed for 20 hens than it is for 4 large dogs. One bag of food for my dogs is about $45. Yikes!!!!
  4. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    Actually, - I'm editing the above to say that I just found perhaps about 8-10 lbs of the grower crumbles left in the bag. I forgot I had stashed it with the 50 lb layer I bought at the same time.

    So it looks like the 50# grower bag will last until they start to lay.

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