How much food to give a hen?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by clairemcc1, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. clairemcc1

    clairemcc1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Roughly how many Kg's of feed should one large Sussex hen be getting a day? I have 5 hens all together and I want to make sure they are all getting the right amount per day [​IMG]
     
  2. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Estimate a 7 pound hen will be 5 to 6 ounces of feed per day if not free ranging.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    A light weight hen should eat 4 ounces a day. Sussex are a little heavier I think.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I free feed and have their food available. My hubby made a fabulous automatic feeder out of wood that another BYC designed and it holds over 50#'s of feed. I give treats of cracked corn, sunflower seeds and oats 1-2 times daily. I also feed veggies and fruit occasionally.
     
  5. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I free feed mine from the start, they never over eat.
     
  6. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    How about for a laying hen 4 pounds (4 Pounds = 1.8143694799999998 Kilograms) per 1-dozen eggs for a layer. The more frequently she lays an egg, the more feed she needs to produce the eggs for us. I got my numbers from Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I'm not sure because my chickens have feed available 24/7.
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:This is a good point that I didn't mention in my first post. Layers in general won't overeat when given layer pellets etc.
    They will lay better for you if they don't run out of food...if free ranging some folks do throw food out a couple of times a day.

    If they are penned in a run and cannot forage, it is good to make sure they never run out.
     
  9. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have food down 24/7 for them....they also have access all day to my garden which is enclosed and covered its 12 x 45ft. And i give them snacks a couple times a day..usually oats or old cereal or cut up tomatoes.
     
  10. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Food is available here all day and there for them when they wake up...... Yup we free feed too.
     

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