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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by vackman, May 18, 2009.

  1. vackman

    vackman New Egg

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    I am new at this and have bought 38 chickens. How much do I feed them?
    Last week I used a 50lbs in 4 days and a couple loafs of wheat bread. The more I give them the more they eat. DO THE EVER GET FULL!
     
  2. fernandez0067

    fernandez0067 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope they never get full. make sure you have feed available at all times.
     
  3. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    [​IMG] Unless they are broilers I would just free feed them. They will eat what they want. As for how much to feed them I can't tell you that because I go through at least 50lbs a day. Maybe someone else will have better details for you.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Welcome to BYC!
    For my egg laying flock of 13 hens and one roo, I keep my 30 lb. feeder full at all times. This is in addition to them free ranging. I refill the feeder as needed, usually every third day.
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Welcome. Pretty cool that you jumped in with grown birds right off.

    Average feed consumption for laying chickens is 4 - 6 oz. per day.
    This increases in cool weather and goes down somewhat in warmer. But it can be considered average.
    With 38 birds x 6 ozs., that is 14.25 lbs per day. I'd say you are right on track.

    I guess no one told you this?

    (Just wait til they are laying in earnest. That'll be 19-30 eggs a day!)
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2009
  6. vackman

    vackman New Egg

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    Thanks to all.
     

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