free feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ben is a terror, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. ben is a terror

    ben is a terror Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you leave food out all the time or do you have a feeding schedule? Which is better?
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a feed trough in the coop that has feed all the time. The feeder outside, in the morning I only put enough for the day. I think it depends on your situation as to which is better.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Assuming we're talking laying hens, yes I leave them with a full feeder all the time. It's natural for birds to eat a little here and there all day long and slowly fill their crops rather then trying to consume one or two big meals a day in a short amount of time.
     
  4. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a feeder inside the coop that is available 24/7. They will snag a few pellets from it first thing in the morning - or on torrential downpour or snowy days when they don't want to go out - but usually don't touch it for the most part as they'd rather eat from foraging. I also give them kitchen scraps.

    I don't keep any excess food outside the coop for fear of attracting pests and predators.
     
  5. smedly9921

    smedly9921 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine always have plenty of layer feed and i also leave them grit and oyster shell. I find it helps reduce the pecking of the lower chickens because they don't have to fight over food all the time. Plus i get big healthy eggs and lots of them. Also my chickens get plenty of excercise. I think you will find in the summer when they can forage around you wont use much food.
     
  6. cinch920

    cinch920 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a hanging feeder in my coop that I always keep full with layer feed. I keep oyster shell outside along with tossing some scratch out for them. I like to have feed and water available 24/7 for them.
     

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