How much chicken feed do you go thru in a month

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by blueseal, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 20 standard layers and i go thru 3, 50 pound bags of layer mash a month. they have access to feed at all times. have two 12 pound hanging feeders in coop with lids on them. i fill half way up every couple two or three days. got to go to feed store today getting low. last time i bought some was day after thanksgiveing.
     
  2. freemotion

    freemotion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds just right. Four ounces per day per bird on average. If it goes up dramatically, look for rodents. My feed consumption jumped my second year, and so did the local squirrel and chipmunk population! It got so bad here, I now scatter feed twice a day and cannot leave a hanging feeder. Rodent population has dropped off again, finally. Whew.

    I average about 2 oz per bird per day in the spring, summer, and fall, as long as daytime temps promote insect activity and there is no snow cover. Once it gets cold, it approaches 4 oz per bird. I free-range in a large pasture, and they have access to a very large compost pile and get LOTS of scraps.
     
  3. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you free range as well. I use much more than that and I do not free range.
     
  4. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
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    do you free range as well. I use much more than that and I do not free range.
     
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    We are down to about 1000 pounds a month. Back last summer we were feeding around 4000 pounds.
     
  6. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 28 chickens and feed about 4 bags per month so that sounds about right. I was using much more until I switched to pellets.
     
  7. FarmerChick

    FarmerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A little over 1 ton every 5-6 weeks give or take
     
  8. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:they have a big fenced run to wander in so i dont know if you call that free range . but they arent locked in coop all day either.
     
  9. Warthog

    Warthog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    50lb a month for 12 layers. They do free-range most of the day and get the occasional treats, scraps etc.
     
  10. EGGTASKTIC

    EGGTASKTIC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok --- good thread- i must have a ton of rodents.

    I am at 90 lbs a week for 35 chickens.
    I think rabbits are the problem. I have tried several rat traps and a small box trap and no luck.
     

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