How much to feed my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kristina93, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Kristina93

    Kristina93 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    Southern California
    So, I'm just wondering how much feed a chicken should be eating in a day? I have a 7 pound feeder, that I have to fill 2 times a week, but I also throw out some feed for them when they come out of the coop. So, I really don't know how much they TRULY need a day. 1/2 cup per chicken???? 1 cup per chicken???

    They also get to free range in my yard more days than not.

    I'm mainly asking so I can determine how much food to buy at a time, and for when we go on vacations and I need to have someone keep an eye on them for me.

  2. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    How much feed per chicken per day will depend on age, size, breed, and weather. Also how much they eat while free ranging.
    Young chickens will eat more than adults because they're growing.
    Large breeds will eat more because they're, well, LARGE. [​IMG]
    Cold weather will cause an increase in feed consumption.
    Your wild bird population will also eat a lot of feed.
    I use about 100 pounds of feed every month for 14 chickens, most of them fairly young. They get a lot of other stuff though, vegetables, fruit, greens, BOSS, etc. And I have a huge wild bird population that is very well fed [​IMG] Mine don't free range at all.
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  3. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    My chickens always have food. If their dish is empty then there is feed they scratched out on the ground. They never go hungry. We have plenty of times but they are all fat and sassy.
  4. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    We have 5 BR's and they get through about 1.5lbs a day so a 50lb sack will last a month, but we also supplement them with BOSS, scratch occasionally, chickweed and dandelions from the yard. Also tomatoes, grapes, canned corn occasionally....... All are growing well and moving across on to Layena this week.
  5. The Tinman

    The Tinman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    Fairfield County CT
    Gavin I would not start your girls on laying feed until they start laying. Hey my dad live in Indian Trail NC.He is what you would call a Dam Yank. A yank is a northener that come to visit then go back north,A dam Yank is a northener that come to visit and stays. He loves it there. He said the people are so friendly you want to punch them.
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  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Not sure how much they eat. I just buy a 50lb bag and dump it into a trash can with a tight lid. When it gets down low I buy another bag (empty the dredges into my 5 gallon bucket feeder first) and start all over... [​IMG] If you have mouse issues, I'd make sure the trash can is metal. Two of my cats are good mousers, so I've never had an issue with the plastic ones.
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    The feed bag tells me 1/4 pound per bird per day.


    Perhaps my leghorns eat that but the others forage free range (not so much to eat being late fall now) and still easily eat 1/3 pound per day. Of course that is an estimate based on needing to buy a bag of feed every 3 weeks instead of every month.
  8. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Kristina93, I breed game chickens. Being so, I have to keep roosters seperated, or with one hen. I can tell you that a six pound game rooster does nicely on 3 ounces of 14% protein feed per day on average. If they start to get thin, I increase it by 1/2 oz. If I see fat, the opposite. It`s hard to judge in a flock situation. Most folks just keep feed in front of them and don`t care if they get fat. To see fat on a chicken, turn it upside down and look at the skin just foreward of the vent. If the chicken is fat you can usually see yellow fat under the skin. Hope this helps ya...........Pop
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  9. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 30 chickens not counting babies (because they eat starter ) and 5 Gineas (sp?) and I go through 100 lbs a month in layer pellets and about 100lbs in scratch (DW's fault everytime she goes out to see them she has to feed them scratch) but as I tell my friends and family and all of those who tell me how much they should eat but don't own any chickens themselves........ My girls are happy the eggs buys the feed so as long as I can buy the feed and scratch for them and they are happy don't woory about how much I feed them they eat free choice and they don't eat it all the time........
    So as long as you feed them and they aren't costing you an arm and a leg feed them the way you do now but to truly know how much it is marked on the bags of feed being that you use nutrena layer pellets /mash.
  10. austradork

    austradork Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    That's a good question. It's never felt necessary for me to keep track. We just refill their feeder when it gets low. I'd say we go through a 30 pound bag every 6 weeks or so with our 5 girls. As others have said though, feed consumption decreases for free rangers during the summer as they get to snack on plants and bugs all day!

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