How much to feed young hens that have just started to lay eggs.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChiLady, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. ChiLady

    ChiLady In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2009
    Walton KY
    About how much feed should you give your laying hens? I have 3 hens that are just now starting to lay for their first time, I also have a rooster that is with them. How much should I be feeding 4 chickens in a days time? I let them free range in our back yard, but I don't know how much they are eating there. I want to be sure and not starve them, I feed them Dumor 16 % Layer poultry feed, but my husband tossed out the bag before I could read what it say about the amount you should feed. Any advise would be greatly welcomed. God bless


  2. Mr_Jeff

    Mr_Jeff Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    Durand, MI
    I think you would be okay letting them feed at will. I have the feeder supplied with feed at all times but I have never seen them gorge themselves. In addition to that I give them a regulated amount of scratch every day as a treat and supplement to the feed I use. There's not a fat chicken in the bunch.
  3. chilling in muscadine

    chilling in muscadine { I love being disfunctual }

    Jun 8, 2008
    muscadine, al.
    I always have food and water available 24/7. They will be fine that way. Also they get up before I do and I always want them to have food available. They might get hungry waiting on me to get up.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I agree.
  5. danielbrown

    danielbrown Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Spartanburg, sc
    Chickens are like those skinny people who can eat all day and never gain a pound.

  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
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    funny funny
  7. ChiLady

    ChiLady In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2009
    Walton KY
    I didn't know that, maybe our scientist should be studying chickens to see how they can do this miracle. I know I need to know what they have that is helping them. LOL Thanks for all your input I will put down more feed for them then.

  8. damselfish

    damselfish Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri

    I noticed you said you were going to more feed "down" for them. If you're putting it on the ground, there will be a lot of waste as they trample it.

    It would be better to put it in a feeder which is kept full at all times. Do a search here and you will find various homemade and purchased feeder ideas.

    Hope this helps!


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