How much should I feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by burkehd, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. burkehd

    burkehd Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a set amount of feed we should feed per hen? It seems our hens always act hungry. We feed twice a day and offer treats too.
     
  2. adbayer

    adbayer Out Of The Brooder

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    i leave feed out accessible to my ladies all day, and offer BOSS when i let them out in the morning, and scraps after dinner before nightly lockdown:)
     
  3. burkehd

    burkehd Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you feed? We feed a mixture of 5 grain scratch and opti-lay crumble. It seems that they opt to waste a lot of that if it gets too fine.
     
  4. burkehd

    burkehd Out Of The Brooder

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    What is BOSS
     
  5. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    My birds have laying pellets available all day. They also get some corn mixed in as the temps head down. They like the Sunflower seeds that I am tossing to them by the handfuls.

    Matt
     
  6. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that my hens have differing needs on different days, depending on the weather etc. But I think they're going through about a cup each of layer pellets, plus a pan of broccoli, carrots, lettuce and "whatever" at breakfast. In any event, I leave the pellets out for them all day so they can get what they need.

    p.s. BOSS is black oil sunflower seeds
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  7. shortstaque

    shortstaque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On average I find my chickens eat just under 2lbs per bird a week. That number goes down significantly when they are on pasture. I let them out on pasture first thing in the morning. About and hour later I put out their food and they eat free choice all day.
     

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