How much feed will 5 layers eat/week??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Winter, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. Winter

    Winter In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    I am trying to venture into the making of my own feed, but do not have my chickens yet.
    How much would you say each adult bird will eat when laying?? Per day or week?
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    5 layers should eat 25lbs of feed more or less a get a 20 or 25lb feeder an mix enough to fill it.then when its empty mix some more feed.
  3. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I figure each of my layers eats about 50 pounds of pellets a year. I think it would be about 100 pounds if they didn't get kitchen scraps and free-range on nice days.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Might be hard to get small quanities of each ingredient for just 5 hens and then store it to keep it fresh. Now if you had 50 hens, maybe.
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:So, each layer is eating nearly 3/4 pound each day :eek:!!

    I think a lot is being wasted there.

    Nutritional requirements of layers are calculated on the basis of 110 grams of feed per hen daily. Broilers will be eating as much as 190 grams/day.

    454 grams = 1 pound

  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:Are you serious?! [​IMG] My 5 don't go through that much in a month! I buy a 50lb bag maybe every 3 months. I get 3-5 eggs a day. They are fat and sassy. They get a handful of scratch thrown about in a huge run and some scraps from out dinner but that's it.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  7. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Any more than a third of a pound of feed per day per chicken is a waste. Even less than that if they are free ranged all day. Figure out how to contain your feed so you have very little waste. If the chickens kick to much out on the ground you WILL have critters as well as predators you don't want.
  8. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    well like i said when i fed my hens id put out 50 to that would last them 1 to that was 15 hens an 8 my peak id buy 250lbs of layer feed a that was $45 a month more or there was no waste what so ever.
  9. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    Right or wrong, I have read that the average laying hen (varies by breed) will consume 90-110lbs a year of feed. Let's just call it 100lbs a year. Based on that amount, your 5 hens together will consume 1.36lbs a day, or 9.59lbs a week (0.27lbs per bird/day or 1.92lbs per bird/week). The little pigs!
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  10. CrowinKing

    CrowinKing Songster

    Nov 29, 2007
    a 50lb bag of layer lasts me 2 weeks in the winter and 3 in the spring summer and fall!! And I have 9 chickens.

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