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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 21softballstar, Nov 26, 2015.
I got 7 chickens, 32 wks old. How many CUPS of food should I feed them in the winter time?
Hi there - the average amount a chicken will eat is about 1/2 cup/day, plus whatever else you give them. This is an average - some eat more, some less. If you are supplementing with treats, don't give them any more than 1/4 cup treats otherwise you'll throw off the dietary balance.
I just keep the feeder full, either of Flock Raiser, or Layena if everyone in laying eggs. Then limited scratch and other scraps. Each bird will eat what she needs; which will vary depending on size, breed, ambient temperatures, etc. Limiting their base diet is a bad idea, so just fill the feeder. Mary
Chickens are voracious eaters and when the crop is nearly empty, they're very hungry. If no feed is available, they'll eat whatever is at hand. That may be plants they normally wouldn't touch or even bedding and feces. They will eat no matter what, so I'd rather they eat a nutritionally balanced feed.
Nothing is gained scrimping on that.