Feeding habits


5 Years
Apr 18, 2014
I'm new to raising chickens. Right now I have 6 "Cinnamon Queen" hens. I have two homemade feeders and have allowed my hens to feed whenever they feel like it. I wondering if I am creating "lazy" birds...with Spring time here there is plenty of bugs and grass. My hens come and go as they please between their coop area and my yard. Should I restrict their feed and force them to go eat out on the yard? Maybe only allow access to the chicken feed for a couple hours in the morning or something?

Thanks in advance.

If you have Cinnamon Queens they will be just fine eating anytime they like.

It is the Cornish Cross meat birds that have to be restricted on their feed. Layers don't usually overeat, although there are reports of some that may. I don't worry about it. They need to fill their crops many times a day, and should self-regulate just fine.

Enjoy your chickens! :)

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