How much do I feed my bantams?

Freddy

In the Brooder
11 Years
Feb 11, 2008
56
1
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Fresno county, California
How much does everyone feed their bantams? I have seen post that say 1/4 of a pound for an average chicken and 1/3 for heavy ones, but what about bantams. I would really appreciate some input on this and everything else, I'm new to raising chickens at first all I was feeding my chickens was scratch, nothing else! :eek:. Well hope to hear from ya'll soon.

Thanks

Freddy
 

CarriBrown

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Jan 21, 2007
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43
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Thousand Oaks, California
I let mine free feed. I'm assuming you're not feeding them all scratch anymore? Hopefully not because that is like candy to them.
Bantams are approx. 1/3 the size of a standard chicken, so I'd think they would eat 1/3 the amount of food. But, I think you'd be better off letting them free feed.
 

Frozen Feathers

Songster
12 Years
May 4, 2007
2,755
4
211
Maine
My all get free-choice layer pellets. Meaning I have a giant feeder in their coop that I keep full.
That's probably the best way to feed a flock living together. If you have them all caged separately I have no idea how much feed to give them.
 

Dawn419

Lost in the Woods
12 Years
Apr 16, 2007
3,366
92
238
Evening Shade, AR
Hi Freddy!

We have a Bantams only flock and I have feed available for them 24/7. The laying hens have layer pellets available at all times and I've just started keeping a dish of grower/finisher available at all times for the roosters as the boys don't need the extra calcium of layer pellets. I only feed a bit of scratch, just before roosting time, when the nights are down below 40. Scratch is to chickens as candy is to us!


Hope this is some help and welcome to BYC!

Dawn
 

Freddy

In the Brooder
11 Years
Feb 11, 2008
56
1
41
Fresno county, California
Thanks for the welcome Dawn. Thanks to the forum I am no longer feeding my poultry just scratch. I have started to feed them half scratch half lay crumbles but will be switching over to full lay feed and scratch as a treat. I do have my breeds separated, I am hoping they will multiply soon so that they have more company. I assumed that since they are smaller that I could feed them half of what a standard chicken eats but I wanted to make sure and not hurt "my children" as my wife puts it. Well thanks for the info guys I really appreciate it.

Freddy ~:>
 

KariBunny

Chirping
Sep 8, 2016
27
26
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Terrell TX
I let mine free feed. I'm assuming you're not feeding them all scratch anymore? Hopefully not because that is like candy to them.
Bantams are approx. 1/3 the size of a standard chicken, so I'd think they would eat 1/3 the amount of food. But, I think you'd be better off letting them free feed.
They toll me it was bad to let food all they for them. How Truth is that?
 

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