How Much feed ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by s6bee, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I have 4 week old chicks and soon I'll be buying grower then layer feed as they age. How much should I expect the chickens to eat and/or go through on average. I have 5 standard size hens. I seem to be going through quite a bit of feed now. I just can't get out to the feed stores often but don't have a ton of room to store the food.
    Thanks in advance....
    Stephanie
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That's a hard question because it depends on age of the birds, the type of birds (a 12 lb roo eats more than a 3 lb leghorn), if they get scraps or freerange, and heavily on the weather. I have about 15 birds and they go through 100 lbs a month in winter and maybe 3/4 or even half that in the summer.
     
  3. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I have 38 hens, 16 roos (all are standard sized), 5 ducks and 4 turkeys,; they eat about two 50lb bags a week, plus I go threw about one 50 lb bag of chicken scratch every two to three weeks. Not to mention they also free range.

    I would safely say that since you only have 5 you should be set with a 50lb bag for two to three weeks. Just my observation. You might want to wait for a reply from someone else who has fewer chickens.

    good luck

    Tes
     
  4. mosier

    mosier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three chickens who are ten weeks old. They're still on their first 50 lb bag of chick starter.
     
  5. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whew! You guys must have some hungry chickens. [​IMG]

    We have 19 Ameracaunas who go through a 50 lb bag in about 2 weeks, and 5 gold sex links who go through a 50 lb bag in about a month. [​IMG] They do free-range a lot of the time, though, too.
     
  6. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 21 birds that eat a 50lb bag of laying mash every 2 weeks.
    They eat a little more during the winter.
     
  7. CutestChickenFarmer

    CutestChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five 5-week-old chickens, and I still have some of the 10lb. bag of feed I started with. Granted, they get vegetables and other snacks. I dumped the last of it in the feeder over the weekend.
     
  8. Rosalind

    Rosalind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    16 chickens total (11 hens, 5 roos) that eat about one 50lb. bag of layer pellets every two weeks, plus one 50lb bag of scratch every month and a half, plus many many table scraps. And occasionally each others' feathers.
     

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