How much mash?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by philintheblank, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. philintheblank

    philintheblank Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2011
    this winter i will not be using heat lamps, i hope to have a fully insulated coop this year, so i was thinkign i would give the chicks some hot mash in the morning and evening before they go to bed, just wondering how much per bird i should give a day, they will still have dry food 24/7 but i know i like a bowl of oatmeal or a cup hot chocolate after i come out of the cold, so i figured it would be a good treat for the birds too.
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    It depends on how many birds you have.

    I am a little confused: If your chicks are not fully feathered during the winter, then you will need a heat lamp out there. If your birds are chicks NOW, and will be adults come winter, then they should be fine without a heat lamp. You may have losses to the cold, but even I have those in the desert.
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Think small. If most LF eat about 1/4 pound of feed per day, try 1 tablespoon or less per bird with warm water added; moistened feed expands and the birds don't eat as much as you might think in one sitting. I add leftover fruit warmed in the microwave when my children don't finish an apple, etc. Decrease amount of feed if adding extras.

    You want no leftovers.

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