Blue_Myst

Songster
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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I know this is a stupid question, but I have to ask.
I see many members use automatic feeders. Will chickens only eat what they need if they are given an unlimited supply of food? I've just been giving mine a limited ration everyday to make sure they don't become overweight, but if there is an easier way, I'm open to it, lol.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I know chicks need an unlimited supply because they are growing, my question is about the full grown gals.
 

HorseFeathers

Frazzled
11 Years
Apr 2, 2008
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Southern Maine
We give free choice. Unless you have meaties you don't really have to worry about it. They're smart enough to know when they don't need more food.
 

4-H chicken mom

Crowing
12 Years
Aug 3, 2007
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Oberlin, OH
Free choice is easier. You don't have to worry if you can't get to them at the same time everyday. It cuts down on the feather picking if they are not getting hungry.
 

digitS'

Songster
12 Years
Dec 12, 2007
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ID/WA border
My understanding is that chickens tend to eat until they have supplied their energy needs (calories). If their available food is high-calorie, they will get more than they need - something like us.

I think they get a little bored with the same-old, same-old every day but if it is good stuff - that is probably the best way to go. Probably, WE tend to get them in trouble with too many treats (BYC enablers).

Steve
 

al6517

Real Men can Cook
11 Years
May 13, 2008
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I feed my grown layers a pre-measured amount everyday, it helps with wasted feed and they still get all they need.

AL
 

Chicken Fruit

Songster
10 Years
Feb 25, 2009
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8
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Echo Homestead
Certain breeds like to over eat, and tend to get a little fat. But honestly, I think if they have access to the great outdoors and a large enough run, they'll be fine.
 

ScrambledAcresFarm

Songster
11 Years
Aug 23, 2008
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Caulfield, Missouri
Awesome! This is just what I was going to ask about. I was wondering if I was feeding my ladies enough feed. I was given 10 hens and 1 rooster last October from a friend. No one was laying. I was trying to make sure they had enough to eat with out wasting feed. I guess I'll just do free choice! I just didn't want more money in feed then I was going to get in eggs! Make cents? Ha~Ha!
I getting ready to put them in a 50'x50' pen, all grass! I'm sure then that my feed bill will go down! They'll be very happy!
 

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