How to save on Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TheHappyHen21, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Chicken Lovers! I have 11 Jersey Giants, 10 hens and one Roo. I go through a bag of Mash almost every week and a half. Im also feeding a Duck and a Silki Hen.

    How do you all save on feed? Alternatives? Tell me your secrets :)

    OH! and im getting 10 Olive Egger Chicks Soon too!
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is the size of your bag because 12 birds should not be going through that mach feed in 1.5 weeks
     
  3. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its colder this time of year so they're going to eat more feed. I had 9 hens (I now have 7) and was going through a #50 bag of feed every 2.5 - 3 weeks and I add a handful of oats per scoop of feed.
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    If sparrows can get into your coop, or where ever your feeder is, they will eat you out of house and home during the winter. Mice and other critters can eat a lot of feed as well.
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Iowa and we go through about 280 every year and I have 6 birds so that is a little over 5 and a thirds lb of food a week they get however much they want so i don't know.
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 pest and wildlife control is necessary.
     
  7. poorfarm

    poorfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    The number one feed waster I've had trouble with is starlings. Especially in the winter. Let a flock of starlings find out there's dinner served and they'll be back every single day. Winter flocks can number in the thousands, almost always several hundred, they can get through holes in your barn less than an inch across, and they will empty your feed troughs like the proverbial plague of locusts, leaving everything in their wake covered with starling ***t.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree you're losing feed somewhere. Either you're feeding birds or rodents, or your birds are wasting feed. That many birds should be eating about 6ish cups of feed a day, maybe a touch more but not much. You'll need to decide what management decisions to make, rodent control, limiting feed that's put out, a no-waste feeder, etc.
     
  9. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    50 lb bag, they have the red feeder and I usually fill it cause some are bossy and hog it fast. I have to put more in every morning lol my feed is all in cans. Ive learned my lesson with leaving it in the bags!
     
  10. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can you give us a pictue of what this red feeder looks like I have an idea but I have seen lots of feeder styles.
     

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