How much do your laying hens eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sbarab, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone know about how much your hens eat?

    Mine (17 - 22 week old pullets, 3 hens & 5 roos) were getting about 1 gallon of Layena a day (I know crazy measurement but I use a 2 quart pitcher to scoop and carry the feed) + table scraps and garden leftovers and an occasional scratch treat.

    We harvested 3 of the roos 2 weeks ago and they were totally packed w/ feed. So I backed the remaining off to 1/2 gallon of Layena a day + table scraps, garden leftovers and scratch treats.

    Only the 3 hens & 1 of the pullets have been laying and were laying fine until last Wednesday. No eggs since!

    Nobody appears to be molting and all seem to be in good health. Wormed everyone last Monday.

    I wish the Layena bag would give feeding amounts like Purina feeds do for horses. Seems to me 1/2 cup of feed per bird per day w/o any scraps or treats would be appropriate.
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I fill keep my feeder full so they always have feed available. I buy a 50lb bag probably once a month.
     
  3. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many do you have?

    I have been using a 50 lb bag per week.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    18 pullets and hens, 6 silkie bantams...100 pounds per month...comes out to 2.22 ounces per day (given 30 days in a month)

    My birds also have a fairly large outdoor run in the pasture (not much to eat but sagebrush) about 80' x 20'. They also get greens from the grocery about 3-4 days per week, spent veggie garden plants right now almost daily, and I keep alfalfa cubes on hand to re-hydrate when fresh greens are slim. Maybe twice per week I go out to watch the sunset fromt he pasture and take them a 1 cup measure of cracked corn.
     
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My six hens only go through a 16 oz cup of food per day--that's what I put in their feeder to top if off every night. (Not sure how much that weighs). It does not seem to be a much food to me--in return for 4-5 eggs! They also get weeds, grass clippings, vegetable trimmings, spent corn cobs, soft fruit, some bird seed and scratch.

    ETA--hey that comes out to 2.66 ounces per hen per day, awfully close to briteday's, and my hens are all large layers!
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2009
  7. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. Definitely wide variences in feed amounts.
     

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