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How much does a chicken eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by andischickenfarm, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. andischickenfarm

    andischickenfarm Songster

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    I'm curious, how much feed does a chicken eat per day?

    Thanks,
    Andi
     
  2. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

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    Well, I wouldn't even begin to know the answer to that, but the age of the chickens have to be a factor. Are you talking about adult chickens?

    I am feeding somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 ranging in ages from 3 days to 2 weeks to 9 weeks and I *think* I go through a 50lb. bag a week. It's hard to determine, really. You have to take in to consideration the amount of food loss (scratched out of the feeders), the size of the chickens, whether they are actively laying or not, the season (summer/winter), whether they free range and how much 'food' they get on their own...

    Maybe someone else can give a close estimate if you provide a few more details.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    For adult layers, approximately 4-5 oz a day, 10% more for heavy breeds.
     
  4. andischickenfarm

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    They are adults and there is 19 of them. I mix layer pellets and corn chops. I usally buy 100 pounds of each and that will last me a month. How can I figure that?

    Andi
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  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:That's about right. I usually figure 1/4 lb per bird per day (4 ozs). Yours are eating 5.5 ozs or 1/3 lb per bird per day using the figures you provided.
     
  6. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing Premium Member

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    I just know I have 60 birds and I buy 300 lbs of feed every month. Runs about $55 each month.
     
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

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    Quote:Here is the way you figure out your problem. You are buying 200 pounds of feed per month, you need to divide that by 30, 200 /30 =6.66666 next you have 19 adult chickens, divide 6.66666 by 19 = .358076. You can do the same thing with any feed problem. Take the amount of feed divide by the number of days and divide by the number of animals. Looks like you are right on the money.
     
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  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    Quote:Here is the way you figure out your problem. You are buying 200 pounds of feed per month, you need to divide that by 30, 200 /30 =6.66666 next you have 19 adult chickens, divide 6.66666 by 19 = .358076. You can do the same thing with any feed problem. Take the amount of feed divide by the number of days and divide by the number of animals. Looks like you are right on the money.

    Yup and one step further (if my math is correct): .358 lbs per bird per day = 5.7 oz per bird per day (16 * .358)
     
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