How much does your flock eat and drink?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BairleaFarm, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY

    flock one 40ish 2 month olds - 3 gallons of water a day - 3 quarts of scratch/cracked corn - 4-6 pounds of grower
    Flock two 20 2 week olds - 1.25 quarts or water - 1.5 quarts of starter feed

  2. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Songster

    Jun 25, 2010
    20 babies- three scoops a day, one gal water
    20 baby ducklings, 5 mamma ducks, on daddy and 10 chickens =1 big bucket of feed, 10 gal water
    27 ducks, 12 chickens= one big bucket of feed 10 gal water
    2 turkeys, 7 adult chickens and 10 growing out pullets= 1 big bucket of feed, four gal water

    I am getting tired just thinking of hauling all that water [​IMG] I also let the bigger guys free range and give a big bucket of scratch as a treat, usually this is sunflower seeds.
  3. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

    Sep 4, 2008
    Three spoons of feed twice a day, and we have a large tub of water we refill when necessary. They don't need that much tending at all, really [​IMG]
  4. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    5 laying hens - 1/2 gallon of water, 3 cups layer crumbles + kitchen scraps and weeds from the yard, if they're lucky, a whole tomato!

    5 ducks / 1 pullet - 3 gallons of water (not including their swimming pool) + 4 cups of grower and treats

    3, 2 week old pullet chicks - Like... 3 ounces of water used (change the water daily) + maybe 3 tablespoons of starter? They're dainty. [​IMG]

    10, 2 week old ducklings - 1 gallon of water daily + 4 cups of starter and fresh fruit diced up small

    Ducks sure use a LOT of water, I wonder how much of it they actually drink?
  5. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I never thought to measure it. I just clean and refill the waterer and feeder each day - and add fruits & vegetables, seeds & scraps as treats whenever I can. So far neither the waterer or feeder has been completely empty when I clean/refill them. This morning I gave them some fresh basil since I had picked more than I needed for dinner last night - and they loved it.

    Is it possible to over-feed them by having food always available?

  6. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    Quote:I dont think so. My have food available whenever they are out of the coop. They also free range all day, currently they go about 500' in any direction they want from the coop. I think if you have inactive meat birds they can overeat but regular chickens dont.
  7. I have 11 birds that are 12 weeks old. I give them 3 gallons of fresh water, daily. They usually only drink half of it, but as hot as it is, I don't dare risk giving them any less than that. I also give them 1 gallon of "Chicken Gatorade" (Or Save a Chick at Tractor Supply) on hot days, which they always drink all of! They probably eat 2 scoops of feed, but I'm not sure. They also hunt hoppers and other bugs from either the time I get home or a few hours after till time to roost or when ever I call them back to their pen. They also get a few bugs while they are penned. That is an interesting question though!
  8. karengrace

    karengrace In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Now that you mentioned the amount of the flocks take every day, I can't answer it. I just give my flock food and water when I see they have nothing to eat and drink. I will try to take note of the amount they take everyday. It will be good to know as well in order to check how much they need to eat and drink. Good question. [​IMG]
  9. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    I can tell you I buy 96.00 worth of supplies a week( for all my poultry) LOTS of food...water is refilled every day sometimes 2 times...
    Yeah,I need to pay more attention....I know in the winter it costs me more...

  10. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Songster

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga. At this time we're down to about 70 birds and we go thru about 10# - 15# / day. We will be doubling our flock size over the next few weeks. I have my feed premixed at our local mill. when we have over 100 adult birds we go thru 1000#s to !500#s a month. Now we go thru about 4-5 gals of water a day. At full capacity we use about 10 gal/day. We are in the process of running a water line to our pens to make it easier. [​IMG]

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