is 1kg of food enough for 12 chickens for a day?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Johnn, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    ok, were i live we are meant to have snow at the end of the week! and the hens will probabley sit inside (they hate snow) is 1kg of food enough for the hens aday they will also have about 4 big hand fuls of porrindge oats and some bread
     
  2. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can tell if it enough by measuring it out and throwing it down or in a bowl however you feed the birds. If before dusk there is none left you need to add to the amount until they are almost not finished before they go up for the night. Food and water needs to be available to even the weakest one that will only get to eat after all the stronger chicks are finished unless they allow all to eat at one time. That goes for scratch. only enough that they finish it in 1 sitting. If there is too much left before you leave it may be to much thrown down and wasted. JMHO in how I throw down food treats. Me as far as feed, it is down in quantities for them to eat there hearts content and food will always be available.
     
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  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so. A kilo is 2.2 lbs. I am thinking my full grown hens eat about 5 or 6 ounces a day?? Plus if they are confined, bored, and need the energy to stay warm....I bet they will eat about 4 lbs a day?? It would be interesting to know exactly how much my birds eat. Guess you will have to try and see.
     
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  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    The average chicken, if anything can be said to be average, will consume 4-6 oz per day or .17 kilograms per day.
     
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think he said "KG" not Kilo and it also depends on how many birds. He has yet to tell us a lot of info thats why I said thrown down and see if its goes by the end of the day? No argument here just a slight misread KG and kilo?
     
  6. onthespot

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    I agree, you will be a little bit short, and your birds will let you know by the next feeding, and REALLY let you know by the NEXT feeding.
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Really agree with the chicken telling you method. If there's food in the tray at roosting time, you've over fed and the mice/rats will get it. If there isn't enough for the lower pecking order birds to fill up, you've underfed. Chickens telegraph this stuff well.
     
  8. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think he said "KG" not Kilo and it also depends on how many birds. He has yet to tell us a lot of info thats why I said thrown down and see if its goes by the end of the day? No argument here just a slight misread KG and kilo?

    Hmmm.....I thought kg was a kilogram?? 2.2 lbs.....grrr going to google, cuz I am confused now
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think he said "KG" not Kilo and it also depends on how many birds. He has yet to tell us a lot of info thats why I said thrown down and see if its goes by the end of the day? No argument here just a slight misread KG and kilo?

    Hmmm.....I thought kg was a kilogram?? 2.2 lbs.....grrr going to google, cuz I am confused now

    My be I lost my mind and wrong. Anyone could be right or wrong. Sorry If I got it backwards.
     
  10. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah kg is kilogram.

    But yes I did misread.....had the idea he was feeding 12 hens?? Must have been info left in my head from something else. So yeah [​IMG] to guess quantities we do need to know what is being fed!!

    But, would rather overfeed than have poor hungry chickens!!
     

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