How much does feed cost to raise Hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mwatro34, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. mwatro34

    mwatro34 New Egg

    Sep 24, 2008
    Thinking about getting chickens - want to know what it costs to feed them for a month or year...(i.e what is the best brand, how long do the bags last, how much do the chickens eat...) THANKS
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    I want to know too!
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Wow, is that a loaded question. It depends upon how many chickens you will have, what kinds (banty vs. standard), do you plan to free-range them, feed them table scraps, etc.

    I have 14 standard sized chickens, and I go through about one 50-lb bag of feed every 4-5 weeks. And that's WITH free-ranging, table scraps & treats, etc.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2008
  4. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    I must own pigs not poultry! Mine free range and go through lots of veggie scraps and about 20LB of pells and some other grain du jour each 4-5 weeks. They do slow down in the summer. I have 7 chickens, 2 ducks and 6 geese. I must say I don"t waste any food and get valuable poops and goose juice for the garden!
  5. mwatro34

    mwatro34 New Egg

    Sep 24, 2008
    I was thinking 3 chickens in a small yard in a Urban area, some food scraps and scratch but I assume mostly feed. Sounds like a 50# bag could last 3 hens for a number of months...which is good
  6. moenmitz

    moenmitz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    I may be imagining it...but I think I read somewhere that an adult hen will eat 1/3 lb feed per day...course, this would vary greatly if you allow grazing...
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I have 75 (I think) bantam chickens that are all free rangers, except for broodies, mamas with chicks, and chicks with no mamas, and I feed about 100# a month. Now, on the other hand, my 8 ducks, which are also 'free range' eat about 100# a month also...
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:That figure is most likly based off your commercial leghorn layer. A thin light white bird who's adult weight is 3 lbs and lives in a climate controled cage it's whole life. Don't be surprised if your back yard type who weighs 6 lbs eats 2-3x more on a regular basis. I am curently going though 50lbs of feed a month with 8 standards (about 6 lbs each) and 6 banties (about 3 lbs each). However, they get to range as far as the eye can see from sun up to sun down. Cooped up they'd probably eat more than 2-3x that, plus the fact that it has only recently gotten colder. I anticipate feed consumpton to 2x for the winter. That said, with the average 14 birds eating 50 lbs a month, if you only wanted three, a 50 lb bag would probably last the urban 3 chicken user 3-4 months on a mix of standard and banty birds.
  9. freshegg

    freshegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    when I only had 8 full grown hens a 50lb bag lasted about 6 weeks its abot 12 bucks a bag here
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I raise large fowl. I currently have 100+ chickens, 16 ducks, 15 geeese and 18 turkeys.

    I use 500 pounds of feed every week.

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