How much is too much when feeding fresh greens to chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tutu of 5, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. Tutu of 5

    Tutu of 5 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 10, 2014

    I am feeding my 6 hens fresh sprouts; greens; fruit and vegetables twice a day, along with their layers pellets. How much fresh greens and veggies is too much per day? I hang fresh greens from the fence for them to jump up and grab, to keep them busy during the day, also.

    I really enjoy growing the sprouts and supplying the greens, since they are kept in a run (size is about 20'X15'), rather than free-ranging them. I have feral cats and mongoose to worry about with them.

    I don't want to over do it. They get 2 cups of layers pellets and about 5 cups of fresh split into 2 meals per day.

    Since they first started laying they have been giving me 5-6 eggs per day, and the shells seem to be healthy, along with the eggs themselves.

    Mahalo for any information you can give to me.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
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    Welcome to BYC!
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The best way to feed chickens is the "free feeding technique" other words, leave the food out all day for them to decide when they need to eat. If you restrict them as you are, the shier birds may not get enough to eat.

    As for greens or any other treats, they should only occupy about 10% of the total diet. Basically once a day and what ever they will clean up in 15 mins.

    Make yourself at home here and we do welcome to our flock!
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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
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    X2 on Two Crows' advice. It is generally best to feed chickens free choice. They are then able to eat what they need, with less work for their caretaker.
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X3 on Two Crows.
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  6. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
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    Aloha and welcome to the BYC flock
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  8. Tutu of 5

    Tutu of 5 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 10, 2014
    I feed the greens 2 x's per day but the layers pellets are hanging and available all day for them. They do finish the greens and fruit/vegetable plates in about 15 mins.2 x's per day. I will start making it once per day for them. Thanks all!!
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2015
  9. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Mahalo for joining the flock!!! Aloha!! [​IMG]
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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