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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chasiekitten12, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    How much do we need to feed a hen if they eat a LOT of insects? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The best method to feed poultry is the "free feed" method. Just put it out and let them eat what they need. To try and calculate what they need can lead to not enough or too much. So just let them decide what they need and when.

    Enjoy your flock and welcome to ours!
     
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

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    I agree with leaving feed out to let them decide. Just make sure it is in a location protected from elements and vermin. I use a hanging feeder, and add feed 2x a week as needed. Wash it and place a clean one out once a week. If you measure how much you place in it, you'll learn how much to leave out.

    So glad you joined us.
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Free-choice feeding means that the chickens get to come and go as they please and eat as much and as often as they like. A good reason for free-choice feeding is that lower ranking birds can eat after the top birds. You should elevate feeders so that your chickens can’t kick junk into their food and water. When using the free choice method, you don’t constantly have to refill the feeders every day which is another plus. However, your birds will waste considerably more feed. If you have birds that on average have a tendency to get fat (such as brahmas, faverolles, etc.) then free-choice feeding may not be the best choice for your birds.
    Hand feeding will waste less food. This a good feeding idea for show birds, as this method will keep them more tame with the human contact and will allow you to keep track of how much they consume. But like I said, if time is limited, than reconsider. Otherwise, your birds will need to fit into your schedule. Another down side to hand feeding is that top, bossy hens usually hog food.
     
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  5. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    Lol i am not new! I have been here 4 months wait 5 and a half
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The confusion likely stems from the fact that you are posting all of your threads here in the "New Member Introduction" section - since you are not a new member posting an introduction you might find it better to post your threads in whichever area most closely fits the topic of that given thread.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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