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how often do you feed chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dbdowst, May 17, 2011.

  1. dbdowst

    dbdowst New Egg

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    I am just gathering info before building a coop and getting chickens. I have a lot to learn. How often do you feed the chickens and how often must you clean the coop. I am planning on getting @ 6 chickens. Thank you.
     
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep food available 24/7.
     
  3. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You leave food out for them 24/7. They 'eat like birds' - [​IMG] - ie, small amounts all day long. I clean under the roosts every other day, and rake and lay down new hay in the rest of the coop every month or two, depending on the weather.

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  4. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Same here!
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Ditto. They don't eat at night once they are full grown... But the feed is available 24/7.

    I use pine shavings in the coops and just toss more in there for the chickens to scratch around and keep turned every few weeks or as needed. I clean the coop out totally twice a year.
     
  6. BarnGoddess01

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    Quote:Ditto.
     
  7. Lovable Chicks

    Lovable Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We feed our laying hens in the morning but they have enough for all day. Usually gone by the time they roost. The babies dishes get filled twice a day, they always have some. Water also gets cleaned morning and night.
     
  8. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont leave food out at nite unless im sleeping in the next day. [​IMG]
     
  9. eds500

    eds500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    24x7 and in-run only. They graze as needed and have almost no waste since moving to pellets from crumbles.
     
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I too keep my feeder filled 24/7 and change the water daily. They do not eat any more than they want at the time and so far it has worked for about 12 years....
     

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