feeding hens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by granmahen, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. granmahen

    granmahen Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Bakersfield, CA
    My 6 hens and 1 turkey go through about 100 lbs. of layena crumbles a month. Does this sound right? Am I wasting any? Should I scatter feed by hand instead?

  2. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fountain Green, UT
    That does seem excessive. I would guess that you should be closer to 30 to 40 pounds per month (although I have no idea how much turkeys eat). Is it possible that rodents or other birds are stealing feed from you? If not, you may want to consider health issues such as worms, etc. Worms will make chickens eat more.

    If you are sure there are no health concerns, you may want to restrict feeding times instead of offering food all the time.
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    You didn't say what breed the chickens are or the sex of the turkey. Maybe they are heavier than Leghorns (the turkey, too [​IMG]).

    Let's say each of your 6 laying hens is eating 1/3 pound of feed each day. The 6 would be eating 2 pounds each day and 60 pounds for the month.

    Let's say your turkey is eating 1 pound of feed daily and 30 pounds each month.

    We've worked our way up to 90 pounds of feed each month. Nutrient Requirements of Chickens and Turkeys

    I wouldn't scatter crumbles on the ground. It wouldn't take them long to mess it up and decide not to eat it.

    I'd do the opposite - keep the feed contained and get it high enuf off the ground that they have to stand on their tiptoes to eat. That way it isn't so easy for them to scatter it about. That might save you some feed but you may not have too much to save.

  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Maybe you should switch over to pellets. I was using crumbles before and found a lot was wasted. I find far less waste with pellets. My birds free range during the day. They also get scratch grains and bailed alfalfa garden greens etc.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009

  5. granmahen

    granmahen Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Bakersfield, CA
    Hmmm. Will have to rethink the way I deliver the food. I put it in a 5gal. bucket with holes at the bottom. About 25 lbs. fit in it at a time. This sits in a large pan with 3in. walls. So I don't think they can scatter it easily. Today was the first day I let them out of their run. (I was worried they'd fly over the fence but they were perfectly contented scratching around, eating grass and what have you. I have 1 leghorn, 1 NHR, 1 Delaware, 1 Australorp, 1 RIR. They feed at will. Then the turkey who lives with a silkie banty gets 8cups a day to share (sometimes a little more). Maybe I should switch the five ladies to so much a day in the pan instead of self feeding?
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Quote:Same here, they dont waste near as much pellets as they do crumbles.
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    OMG! [​IMG]
    I don't think I go through 100# a year for about 4-5 hens. They have unlimited access. They Free Range all day every day. And I make them a large salad every night.

    Imp-gives away chicken food to the neighbors.

  8. allisojo

    allisojo Songster

    Nov 16, 2008
    Nuevo Mexico
    I've got seven pullets who are laying and five pullets who are still too young, and I go through about fifty pounds of feed (plus snacks and a bit of scratch) every six weeks or so. They have access to food whenever they want it. So, unless your turkey is eating a lot, it sounds like you've got some waste on your hands (or interlopers). Just my $0.02.
  9. granmahen

    granmahen Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    Bakersfield, CA
    thanks everyone...I thought that was a little excessive. Will work on it at once.

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