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How Much?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by debilorrah, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    How much food do chickens need to have available to them each day? We have 6 hens and 1 roo in the coop, and have been feeding them a panful of laying mash and throwing scratch out for them each morning and then giving them treats in the afternoon. Is this enough. They are all growing like weeds.
  2. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Songster 10 Years

    May 25, 2008
    Large Fowl chickens eat 4-5 oz. and Bantam chickens eat 1.5 oz. per day as an average, according to sources I've searched. Seems to hold true with my birds.
    BTW--Using a pellet-type feeder (like those you buy for rabbits) for mash, crumbles and pellets can GREATLY reduce feed waste and contamination, plus provide consistent food supply. So worth the money! [​IMG] The chickens really enjoy digging around on the ground for scratch, though.
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Mine, all large fowl, seem to eat more like 2-4 oz, but they do range for at least a few hours each day, and get a fair amount of scraps/compost.

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