how much feed do you use?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Hennyhandler, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    I was wondering if someone can tell me the amount of feed that they use in a period of time? How do you maximize a 50 lb bag of feed to last awhile? I understand that letting them eat off grass helps but how long do you let them range outside of their pen to make a difference in the feed area? Thanks.
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    For free ranging to help, it has to be virtually all day long. The fields where they range need to be rich in seeds, plants, grasses, bugs and insects that the birds catch, find and eat. The breed of bird makes a big difference in the skill required, as does practice. Free ranging can save a bag of feed, perhaps, for us from May thru October, but that is all. In other words, feed costs can potentially drop by 30% during that period.

    But this area is not particularly fertile and the ranging season is relatively short. I don't honestly calculate the savings to be monumental, for us, for those reasons.

    A flock of 20 full sized laying hens easily go through a 50# bag of feed, @ $14 a bag, every 12-14 days, if pellets constitute the sum of their diet.
  3. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

    Apr 1, 2008
    We usually feed as needed. Chickens will scratch the food out of the feeder, however, so if there's a large quantity of food around the feeder that is not moldy or dirty, we may wait a a few hours. They will eat the food on the ground and also go and eat grass.

    Free-ranging is simple: you let them out in the morning and, if they've been kept sleeping in the coop for long enough, they should return to the roost at dusk. They will come back to the coop frequently for food and water but will also partake of grass, weeds, etc., and occasionally puddles on the ground.

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