Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by baxtersbeauties, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. baxtersbeauties

    baxtersbeauties In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2008
    Stoneville NC
    I am new to raising chickens and I need some help. [​IMG] When it comes to feeding, should I fill the feeder and just let them eat however much they want or should I restrict the amount of food they eat each day by only filling the feeder a part of the way? I have 15 hens. They are all 9 weeks old. Thanks in advance!!!
  2. IloveTravis

    IloveTravis Songster

    Jul 27, 2008
    I just fill mine up and let them chow down [​IMG] As long as you keep your hens busy, they won't eat too much.
    The only problems we've ever had with overeating is boredom. When we lock our babies up too long they eat like horses [​IMG] When they free range, they're too busy foraging to want to eat.
  3. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    The problem I have noticed with filling the feeders is the amount they waste. Good Lord peep-le get outta the feeder!!

    I have been using the 18" red plastic feeder with all the little holes on the removable lid which I bought at TSC. I took the removable lid off when their heads got so big and they hop in...hop out and knock it all over the place.

    I am going to get a hanging feeder to put in the coop with them, but for now I am filling it several times a day with only enough for them to eat before they get bored and start slam dancing each other.
  4. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Im not sure if this is the best thing to do but I put some food on the ground in the pen for them to scratch around for and then also leave containers of the same food in the coop for them. I want them to have plenty to eat and not be hungry. They rarely eat the food from the containers but this way I know they never run out.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Mine are so very wasteful when I just fill it up. But I still do... and I also give them some on the ground in their run. They love that.
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    YUP keep er full!
  7. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Mine are filled 24/7 and to the top, one thing I notice is they waste less with the long feeder with all the holes in the top than they did with the round feeder... I'm not sure why, bu they just don't waste as much!
  8. baxtersbeauties

    baxtersbeauties In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2008
    Stoneville NC
    Thanks for all your help!!!! I'm sure I will have more lots more questions....

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