How Much is enough?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SilverPhoenixNS, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. SilverPhoenixNS

    SilverPhoenixNS Out Of The Brooder

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    I am wondering how much layer ration a chicken needs to eat in one day? I just need to know a number to see how many I can afford to get right now.
     
  2. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 8 RIRs who are about 1 year old, go though about 50 pounds in a month. And that's with plenty of treats.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    8 large fowl 20 pounds in 7 days with lots of forage, 5.5 days without.
    Individual breeds vary.
     
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  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SilverPhoenixNS my policy from the beginning of having chickens is to always have water down and available during the waking hours and food available down and available. I go out each morning and could easily put only a days worth of feed and guess what I think they need. Some use that method for reason bc they have rodent or predator issues and food draws in the varmints they for obvious reasons do not want around. I do not feed treats per se like others do and I only throw down scratch each morning I let them out and on occasion will give table scrapes bc I worm farm and feed the worms the scraps and the rest of our table scrapes we compost so with that being said food is in a large 2 pound feeder in the open coop daily and what I throw down in the morning daily and maybe through the weeks a old piece of bread or melon rind. Good luck
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have read on internet that a lighter weight hen eats around 4 ounces a day.

    Also, I agree with jomoncon- once we had only 6 chickens - wyandottes - and they ate 50 lb a month or so.
     

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