Hi there, I know it's been awhile since I've said anything in here and a lot has changed. We got our first Australorp!!! Woohoo! He's a giant next to our Barred Rocks, Production Reds and especially our Ameracaunas! lol Anyway, I decided that since there are so many opinions and no exact science for feeding that the best way to find out is to test your own flock, I came up with this schedule and it's got me quite concerned. Kilograms Meal Bucket Fill Grain Left Fill Left Grain Consumed Total Birds Cons/Bird Sat Breakfast 0.30 4.40 4.10 1.50 1.20 2.90 38.00 0.08 Lunch 0.30 5.50 5.20 2.40 2.10 3.10 38.00 0.08 Daily Total 0.60 9.90 9.30 3.90 3.30 6.00 38.00 0.16 Pounds Bucket Fill Grain Left Fill Left Grain Consumed Total Birds Cons/Bird 0.66 9.70 9.04 3.31 2.65 6.39 38.00 0.17 0.66 12.13 11.46 5.29 4.63 6.83 38.00 0.18 1.32 21.83 20.50 8.60 7.28 13.23 38.00 0.35 Pounds Consumed Cons/Bird Cost Cost/Bird 50 12.79% 0.34% $14.83 $0.05 50 13.67% 0.36% $14.83 $0.05 50 26.46% 0.70% $14.83 $0.10 So now, the breakdown: The scales I use measure in kg's which is why I needed the conversion. (Words in () are the table labels) Weigh the bucket which acts as the feed dispenser. (Bucket) Fill the bucket with feed to more than the flock can eat (Fill) Subtract the bucket weight (Grain) Fill feeders Watch until they all leave the feeders Immediately recover the feeders Pour the leftovers back into the bucket. Measure the leftovers (Left Fill) Subtract the bucket weight (Left Grain) Record the consumed amount (Consumed) Record the total flock (Total Birds) Divide Consumed by Total Birds (Cons/Bird) As you can see, I took some time to do this and with only 38 birds, it wasn't that difficult. To convert everything from kg's to lb's, I simply multiplied the kg's by 2.20462262 That was breakfast. For lunch, I repeated the above As you can see, my birds are eating a whopping 0.16 kg's (0.35 lb's) per bird!!! That's 6 kg's (13.23 lb's) of feed per day!!! At this rate, my 38 birds will have consumed 1 50 lb bag in 3.8 days!!! That's 8.05 bags per month!!! Here is the flock makeup: 1 Australorp Rooster 18 Hens (Plymouth Rocks, Production Reds and Ameracaunas) 7 Sub-Adult Mixed 11 Teenagers Mixed 1 Duck So my question is; Should I continue with this feeding routine or cut back on how much feed I'm giving them per day? 1 50 lb bag in 4 days is really unbearable on my wallet! It's late October and that means Autumn and less insects and such for the kids to eat but still, it seems very high to me.