1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Feeding chicken question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Freyadog, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Freyadog

    Freyadog Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    I have 50 chickens of all sizes and 5 Guineas and was wondering just how much a day should they eat. They act as though they are always hungry. I do not want to over feed them nor do I want them to be hungry. so I was wondering if there is a formula so to speak to go by to make sure they are not hungry.
  2. suburban farm girl

    suburban farm girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    I have never heard of chickens being overfed before. I think they eat until they have had enough. (I have read cautions about feeding too many treats, because they will fill up on those and not necessarily get the necessary nutrition the 'boring' chicken food gives them.)

    From all I've read here, the amount of food a chicken eats depends on breed, age, sex and possibly even time of year.

    I would do my own experimenting for the amount of food that seems right for them - and make adjustments as needed. So if they seem hungry, give them more food. When there is some food left in their feeder, you know you have reached the amount that is right for them.
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    I've always kept food in the feeder all the time. They will eat what they need. It's recommended not to feed over 10% of their diet as treats so they get enough nutrition from their reg. feed.
  4. Freyadog

    Freyadog Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    thank you so much. Mine are free range and grain feed but the weather is changing and I didnt know exactly what to do.
  5. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    My chickens just get as much as they want and the feeders are felled up when they are emptied. Chickens can over eat though but its rare.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by