How much feed does one chicken eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sylviaanne, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    I found this chart in another thread and at the bottom it says they eat 110 grams of feed per day. That converts to almost 4 ounces per bird per day. At first I thought my birds are eating more than that, and they free range, but if you count all the chickens I have, I guess it equals out. I don't have many adults but I have a lot of teenagers, preteens and adolescents.

    Does 4 ounces per day sound right?


    Table 2. Nutrient requirements of leghorn-type chickens as percentages or as milligrams or units per kilogram of diet. (Continued.)

    Laying, daily
    intake per
    Energy base Laying hen (mg) ** Breeding

    kcal ME/kg diet * 2,900 2,900

    Protein (%) 14.5 16,000 14.5
    Arginine (%) 0.68 750 0.68
    Glycine and serine (%) 0.50 550 0.50
    Histidine (%) 0.16 180 0.16
    Isoleucine (%) 0.50 550 0.50

    Leucine (%) 0.73 800 0.73
    Lysine (%) 0.64 700 0.64
    Methionine + cystine (%) 0.55 600 0.55
    Methionine (%) 0.32 350 0.32
    Phenylalanine + tyrosine (%) 0.80 880 0.80

    Phenylalanine (%) 0.40 440 0.40
    Threonine (%) 0.45 500 0.45
    Tryptophan (%) 0.14 150 0.14
    Valine (%) 0.55 600 0.55
    Linoleic acid (%) 1.00 1,100 1.00

    Calcium (%) 3.40 3,750 3.40
    Phosphorus, available (%) 0.32 350 0.32
    Potassium (%) 0.15 165 0.15
    Sodium (%) 0.15 165 0.15
    Chlorine (%) 0.15 165 0.15

    Magnesium (mg) 500 55 500
    Manganese (mg) 30 3.30 60
    Zinc (mg) 50 5.50 65
    Iron (mg) 50 5.50 60
    Copper (mg) 6 0.88 8

    Iodine (mg) 0.30 0.03 0.30
    Selenium (mg) 0.10 0.01 0.10
    Vitamin A (IU) 4,000 440 4,000
    Vitamin D (ICU) 500 55 500
    Vitamin E (IU) 5 0.55 10

    Vitamin K (mg) 0.50 0.055 0.50
    Riboflavin (mg) 2.20 0.242 3.80
    Pantothenic acid (mg) 2.20 0.242 10.0
    Niacin (mg) 10.0 1.10 10.0
    Vitamin B12 (mg) 0.004 0.00044 0.004

    Choline (mg) ? ? ?
    Biotin (mg) 0.10 0.011 0.15
    Folacin (mg) 0.25 0.0275 0.35
    Thiamin (mg) 0.80 0.088 0.80
    Pyridoxine (mg) 3.0 0.33 4.50


    * These are typical dietary energy concentrations.
    ** Assumes an average daily intake of 110 g of feed/hen daily.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that is right. The amount will vary according to the breed and the size if chicken. The range most often given is .25 to .33 pounds a day. A bantam wiil be eating less and a large heritage will eat more.
     
  3. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you. I don't have any birds as large as Jersey Giants but I do have one Cornish cross hen. All the others are regular size and chicks that are still growing.
     

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