How many times do you feed your chickens each day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by penut1799, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. penut1799

    penut1799 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I am VERY new to chickens and stuff. If anyone can tell me how many times you feed your chickens that would be really helpful! [​IMG]
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I check their food once a day but they have food all day long to eat whenever they want. They really don't overeat.
     
  3. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. They have hanging feeders which are kept full. I check on them and give them extra treats once a day.
     
  4. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. penut1799

    penut1799 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok! I will do that. Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Chickens don't overeat, so I recommend free feeding, i.e. food always available, along with clean, fresh water, grit and oyster shell.
     
  7. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to free feed until I had a rodent problem. So not they get kitchen scraps in the morning before I leave for work and I feed them layer feed in the afternoon when I get home. The only birds who have food 24/7 are the chicks, until they are about 12 weeks old. By that time they are usually integrated with the rest of the flock and get the same feeding schedule. When I have a mixed flock like that I switch to Flockraiser or some other combination that does not have calcium in it and provide the calcium free choice to the layers only.
     
  8. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    I also give mine treats once a day, but only so much that they can finish up quickly, say in 10-15 minutes. Mostly fruit & veggie scraps (no raw beans or potato peels), bread, oatmeal, scratch grains, etc. My girls do love bananas!
     
  9. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Very good plan when you get the rodents hanging around. We have a zillion rats snakes here, I never see the rodents. Unfortunately, I have many close encounters with rat snakes! [​IMG]

    I feed Flock Raiser all the time now, makes it easy since I usually have a mix of chicken ages and ducks.
     
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  10. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed once a day, only what they will clean up by nightfall. If I free feed I have major rats issues. In the winter I give them a snack before bed to holkd them over during the long cold night.

    I feed either layer crumbles or game bird grower crumbles with other high protein/high fat treats.
     

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