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How much should I be feeding chickens???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ginger497, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. ginger497

    ginger497 In the Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    I have 58 hens (mixed veriety) and 5 roosters. How much feed shoud they be getting? I go through 150# of feed in 8 days right now. Is this too much?

  2. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Just put it out and let them decide. They should always have available all they want. Mine spend a lot of time ranging but the feeder is always in good shape with the feed so they can eat what they want.
  3. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    You'll have to do the math as it is early yet.

    Adult Large fowl only need 4 oz. of good quality feed each day/ less if allowed to free-range.

    To stay healthy chickens should be kept on the hungry side.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    If that's all they're eating and they're heavy weight breeds, that could be pretty close. I've always read 1/4 lb per day for a laying hen that's a light weight breed and a third more or up to 1/3 lb for a heavy weight breed.

    Mine don't go through that much feed. That's just an estimate. It depends on what else they eat, whether they free range, what breed they are, whether they're laying or molting, what the temperature is or how digestible the ingredients in their feed are. Some feed recipes are more balanced, have more micro-nutrients or have better quality ingredients than others. If any one nutrient is a little lacking, they can end up eating more food to compensate.

    If you think it's a little too high, you can also check to see if you have any wild birds or animals stealing feed, too.
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Do they have access to feed all day or do you ration the feed? How much do they get each day?
    I had the same question when I started off many years ago with that many chickens.
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I think that sounds about right.
    I have never had that many chickens, oh gosh good for you.
    The numbers I've seen alot are:
    50 lbs
    20 chickens
    1 week

  7. saladin

    saladin Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    Quote:4 oz = 1/4 lb

  8. Dead Rabbit

    Dead Rabbit Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    ive found that a good maintance measurement of feed is 3 oz. for a 4-6 lb chicken. this will keep most body fat off them. esp. if they are hustling during the day for their feed. if fed in a self feeder you have no way of regulating their individual amount. some higher on pecking order will take 4-6 oz and lower ranking ones will get nil to none.

    for my free ranging fowl. during the warm months they eat very little. they are mainly eating natural things.
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Did the math at 5 ounces and got 140 lbs a week, give or take. You're not far off, if they are full sized, adult birds. A little high if they are juveniles.

    I would absolutely ration feed with a flock that large. 10% waste from spillage, birds, mice, etc would add up too quickly for my wallet.
  10. KDK1

    KDK1 Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Tennessee Plateau
    Quote:Not really... Auto feeders, as I use, Should always have plenty of food. Higher ranking birds eat first giving way to next in line and so forth. Mine actually have different eating schedules. RIRs eat at about 8AM, PRs at about 10 AM and araucanas about 1PM. They repeat this in the evening right after their pumkin seeds are served at 4PM.

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