Feeding question...how much pellets is to little ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AthenaT, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. AthenaT

    AthenaT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK guys quick newbie question. Background When I got my "Krewe" they were very rangy and under weight. I spoil my girls with lots of scraps, treats and keep layers pellets, fresh water and scratch down during the day. I have 7 hens and 1 pullet all laying now and average 6 eggs a day . They free range my backyard all day.They are now only eating about a quart of layers pellet and a pint of scratch a day between them. Is this enough or should I decrease the treats ?
     
  2. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should be 2 cups of pellets and 1 cup of water per bird per day :)
     
  3. AthenaT

    AthenaT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    guess I'd better cut down on the treats...they are down to less than a cup a day each including the scratch.....they do have nice full crops at night and are gaining weight and laying well
     
  4. Frankie Ruiz

    Frankie Ruiz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if they're free ranging they will be eating less then 2 cups a day, that number is for caged birds I believe. But treats shouldn't be supplemented for feed according to the feed companies. Your girls sound really healthy so I wouldn't stress it but definitely give them some more pellets and cut down on the treats a bit.
     
  5. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would leave water available all day.
     
  6. AthenaT

    AthenaT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes water is available 24/7.until last week I was even refilling pellets in the coop at night...bit of a newbie as you can tell
     

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