how much to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ssalstro, May 10, 2011.

  1. ssalstro

    ssalstro New Egg

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    Hi, I jus got four adult hens for the first time. How much food should I be feeding them. At this point they are getting chicken feed and some garden scraps. Should food always be available to them????Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    For yours, feed should be available during their waking hours. Chickens, other than the broilers, will self-regulate and not eat too much. They do not fill up once or twice a day, but rather eat some, rest, and then eat some more. Their crop is not big enough to store a days worth of food.
     
  3. ssalstro

    ssalstro New Egg

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    thanks a lot!
     
  4. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I try to regulate feed to what they will finish up within a day. This gets adjusted slightly up and down depending on how much 'extras' they are getting or the time of year. Excess feed can draw rodents (mice & rats), sometimes wild birds (depending on the accessibility to the feeder). Personally, I'm not interested in feeding anybody but the chickens.
     

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