Help is needed?!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by certifiedchef, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 young hens (about 20 weeks) I am in the final week of grow feed and them I ma going to switch them to layer feed. I am not thinking they are eating as much as they have in the past - the feeder is VERY slow to empty this past week or so. I have been giving them a cup (24 0z size) of scratch and grain with feed mixed in every other morning cuz its been cold here (ok cold for sacramento) so I know they eat that and they are eating the green easte/trimmings I bring them from work, but are they geting enough food?? Feed is in their coop, water is downstairs both a auto system with cups and a jug of H20.
    any thoughts???
    thankn you in advance!!
     
  2. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    If you're concerned they're not eating enough food, cut back on the scratch/grain. Even when it's cold, your chickens will do better with complete layer/grower rations rather than treats like scratch.
     
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Agree they can be given too much scratch--for 4 birds more than half a cup per day would be an absolute limit because they will eat that rather than a balanced diet. I'd also hold off on the layer as well until you see eggs--they don't need the extra calcium until they are laying.
     
  4. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Mine have slowed down on the food because it went from around high 75-80 and low 50 at night to the high 45-50 low 20's. The change in food could have an effect. But to much scratch can be a bad thing.
     
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  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    They might also have stopped growing and need less feed right now, too.
     
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