Free feeding or controlled?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by feldon, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. feldon

    feldon In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2007
    Everson WA
    I have been feeding my flock in a hanging 5 gallon feeder, just filling it up as it went down. I'm wondering about feeding them once a day, a given quantity. The feed has been going down at an incredible fast pace. The coop is critter proof so only the hens have access. They also get table scraps & greens from the garden. How do you all feed your flock?
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Yep, that's how I do it and my birds are happy, healthy, and are good layers.
  3. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    sorry becky i didnt do the free feeding or the set amount once/twice per day?
  4. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    i have a 3 gallon feeder that i fill half way up that i refill every 3 days.there is only 6 birds feeding off that one.

    For my juviniles i have a one gal. milk jug that has holes cut it in for them to stick their heads in.i refill it every day. thers also 6 feeding on it.

    I think that if you have cornish hens that they will overeat, and it will kill them..I have never raised cornish hens.I just thought i would bring it up so someone with more experience could emphisize on it more.
  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    What I meant is that I do what feldon said he has been doing. Free feeding everyone all the time. Since the birds have different feed requirements depending on whether they are free ranging or not, babies, juvies, laying or not, etc, I just let them eat as they feel the need. Everybody is healthy and nobody is over weight.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2007
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I tried limiting my flock to fedding twice a day, had problems with the hens gorging themselves and the ones that are low on the pecking order hardly got anything.

    Free access works best for me.
  7. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    East Brady, PA
    Same thing here, Rooster Red. If the feed container is empty for any length of time, they eat like they've been starved for days. [​IMG]

    My girls free range, get extras, and have free choice of feed. I go through 50 lbs of layer's crumble every two weeks for 12 hens.

  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I do free access as well and make sure everybody eats

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