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how much to feed 25 /7wk pullets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kingsfarm, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are eating 50# of starter grower a week....is this too much......$15 a 50# bag....they are going into a big pen today, too young to free range with the others? 40 other chickens in big flock...Please help with this.....Glenda
     
  2. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    how much is wasted on the ground? I have no idea, but that sounds like a lot. I don't think my girls went thru that much feed. I had more spillage tho when I changed from the chick feeder to the hanging on the ground. But once I hung it that really lessened. 50 pounds a week... Wow.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    A pound of feed should feed 5 juveniles per day. Thus, your feed expectation should be 10 days from a 50# bag, feeding 25 chicks. Your waste ratio is not horrendous, but likely there is some, given that you are consuming that 50# bag in 7 days.

    More information about how you feed and the feeder type is needed to comment further.
     
  4. UncleTommy

    UncleTommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does sound a bit excessive, I have 18 at that same age and they aren't eatting any where near that amount. Are they out in some serious cold? Could be they are eating extra to help convert it into heat, but I think Nova is probably right, there is some waste going on. I'd suggest getting a bigger feeder, I have a long metal one on legs (nice and tall, like 6-8 inches) and I only fill it halfway. I have to fill it twice a day but I have noticed that they aren't spilling any more and bonus, they aren't kicking bedding and poo into it like they did with the old feeder.
     
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011
  5. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's not already hung, definitely hang the feeder. 7 weeks is probably too young for pellets, but my waste decreased dramatically when I switched the flock from crumbles to pellets. That could be something to consider for your larger flock and for when the young ones get a little older
     

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