How much do you feed your all day free range chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by r4eboxer, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

    Sep 20, 2011
    I free range my chickens all day. The door goes up at dawn and down at dusk and they have the run of 30 acres all waking moments. I put out a gallon can of feed right by the coop once a day and that's it. Sometimes they don't eat it. How much feed do you offer if you free range all day? I have 7 13 wk pullets free ranging right now and 14 chicks and 1 roo in the brooder.
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I keep my food inside the coop where they can come/go, so they have 24/7 access to unlimited feed if they want it.

    We have 15 acres for our free range chickens (although they rarely go very far from the coop or the barn).

  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I offer feed all day long, so they eat when they get ready. I put out about 25 - 30 gallons of feed every day for ALL of my animals. That will last 1 - 1 1/2 days.
  4. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Eudora, Kansas
    Mine free range like yours. I give them some layer feed before they go in for the night. They never eat all I put down, and some don't eat it at all. I just do it mainly for my benefit as they "guilt" me into it by greeting me when I get home. All of mine RUN for me when they hear my voice. Even if I'm just calling the dog. All of the sudden I have chickens from all over RUNNING towards me. I should film it. [​IMG] They don't get much. A few cups for all of them. I never leave feed in the coop.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I have a feeder full in the coop all the time. They're usually out and about, unless they go back to the coop to lay an egg. They usually eat out of the feeder and get a drink before they go to roost at night. They eat and drink in the morning, before the door opens, too.
  6. Strikefalcon

    Strikefalcon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2011
    Our 5 are in the coop/run in the morning until about 1030 to ensure that they work on cleaning up whatever feed is leftover from the previous day. And to keep them laying in the box and not some new spot they just found. We let them out and reload the feed, usually about 1/2 lb for the day. But now that the snow is falling I'm interested to see how long the hens will range before returning to the run to stay fed and how much more well have to put out for them.
  7. Mom2Five

    Mom2Five Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 9, 2011
    Stuarts Draft, VA
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens


    Pretty much the same here. Mine will "visit" one another's coops for meals sometimes too. Bugs have been gone from our area for several weeks now, and the grass is going fast. So they're already eating more...
  9. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I don't feed my free range flock anything during the summer months. Now I have to of course because all they'd get outside is snow, snow a bit more snow and some ice [​IMG]
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Mine stay out all day also. I don't "feed" them per se, but the feed is there if and when they want the layer. Each week they, with the help with the squirrels, I think, they eat about 3 lbs of layer.

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