How many feeders for 21 chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wordgirl, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    We're getting chicks in about a week, and we're wondering how many feeders we need to provide them when they're adults. If we give them a fairly large hanging feeder in their coop, will one suffice 21 chickens? They won't be living solely on bagged feed – we're going to let them free range. Though, in the winter, I'm guessing they'll be getting most of their nutrition from the feed we give them. Will the lower ranking chickens be able to eat? Do we need two feeders? Three?

    Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Two feeders is always a good idea. The lowest ranking members can get chased from the feeder and not get their fair share.
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Thanks – I was thinking that would probably be best. [​IMG]
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    chickens do eat by the "pecking order"
    I always had two to three large long feeders for my chickens with oyster shell in one and mineralized granite grit in the other end of the oyster shell feeder
    two for feeding
    one feeder with whole horse oats
    and one feeder with commercial 16-20% crumbles

    they seem to lay good nd we never had any problems with several dzn chickens in same chicken house and pen

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