How much food do 4 chickens eat each day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chilisweet, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. chilisweet

    chilisweet Songster

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    I'm trying to figure out what size feeding unit to get for them. Anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks
    ~Caran
     

  2. DouglasPeeps

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    I am not sure how much because I just make sure they have food 24/7. I think that bigger is always better for a couple of reasons:

    1. You will not have to fill their container as often

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    2. You will probably want more hens and then you won't have to get a bigger feed container. **hint, hint, hint....
     
  3. digitS'

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    Four light-weight hens will eat about 1 pound of feed each day. Hens of heavier breeds may eat as much as twice that.

    One pound of feed would be between 3 and 4 cups depending on the how it is prepared.

    Hope that helps.

    Steve
     
  4. Now I am glad i looked at this post. I don't think I have been fiiding my hens enough food. and will need to get more going now that I am going to have more chickens in coop soon.
     
  5. chilisweet

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    Quote:hahaha I keep telling my hubby that we will need a bigger feeding thing for that exact reason...he thinks im nuts! [​IMG]

    ~Caran
     

  6. freshegg

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    I made a five gallon bucket feeder for $3.55 and actually saved cause it seemed I was using more(wasting) when I spread it or put in a pan. I use 50 pounds for 8 hens a month.
     

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