How much do you feed if you free range?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kyle7630, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. kyle7630

    kyle7630 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008
    Semora NC
    How much feed should you give chickens and guineas if they free range all day? Mine free range from about 7ish am to around 8ish pm. They still swamp the feed that I put out though like they are starving. All are less than 3 months old right now. All look plump and healthy except one who is not growing well. Eats plenty , just small.
  2. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2008
    i feed my free range chickens once a day about a coffee can full
  3. Melilem

    Melilem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2008
    Hmm maybe they are one of those breeds that are rotten foragers. I let my birds freerange because I havent gotten around to fixing the fence [​IMG] I just leave a full feeder and waterer by the pen and let them eat whatever they want. So, I guess my answer is I feed my free range chickens 'choice'. I guess I could measure how much food they've eaten....I will put that on my list.
  4. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    I keep feed & water out at all times,in different places in our yard. I have over a hundred chickens mostly standards & some bantams... they go thru 50lbs. of Layena in 2 weeks or more,depends on how hot it is.
  5. kyle7630

    kyle7630 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008
    Semora NC
    Thanks for the info. I always read on here that most of them eat so much free ranging, that they hardly touch their feed. Not at MY house! These boogers eat like crazy.

    Should I throw some feed on the ground in different areas to encourage them to forage?
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    We offer free choice feed as well with free ranging. Depending on the location, environment and season, they may not be able to get everything they need nutritionally from free ranging.

  7. krjwaj

    krjwaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    Apex, NC
    We free choice and the 5 girls eat about 20 oz grain/day. We have been giving them fruit and yogurt to fill them up!
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I used to feed once a day in the evening for my rangers. I usually put out a certain amount of feed and monitor for left overs. If none, I put out more each evening until I noticed they were getting full on X amount of feed with just a little left over. Then, that was the amount I would feed each evening. I would just adjust this amount with the bird's consumption levels. Now, however, I offer free choice, as sometimes I go on vacation for up to four days and am using continuous feeders to compensate for that. Too much trouble to feed daily now and put up the continuous feeders, so free choice it is.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member


    I give free choice and my feed use goes way down.... but it does not stop. They get a few acres to roam and could go further if they wanted, but still gobble down food before bed and in the morning. If the season is dry (yeah right out here), there is snow out, weather is bad, food consumption sky rockets. You could see how much more they would be eating if you feed them cooped up for a day and then saw how much they ate when they free ranged. I bet you'd see a lot more being eaten if they were cooped. Plus, at 3 months they are still growing fast and eat tons.
  10. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I also leave their feed available 24/7 but mine only get to free range for between 5 to 7 hours each day.

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