I've never had chickens before...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Magic Birdie, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    ... and I have a question. It probably sounds sort of stupid, but what's the feeding pattern? Do you keep food in their feeders 24/7, give them food at the time they naturally eat, or what? The articles and books I've read only talks about the kinds of feed and blah blah blah, but they've never said anything about how [​IMG]
     
  2. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. seamsewnice

    seamsewnice Out Of The Brooder

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    Some take the food in for the night, so mice and rodents aren't tempted. It's lots easier just to leave it out there 24/7 if you don't mind paying to feed the other furry friends that might come.
     
  4. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Hanging feeder always full in the run, rodents can't get it that way.... They can have feed when they want it and we use pellets..
     
  5. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, ok, because some of the books say different stuff [​IMG]
     
  6. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I keep my hanging feeder in the coop and it's filled 24/7 -- usually enough so that in about 2 or 3 days they'll have eaten it all, and then I refill it. I don't want it getting stale from sitting too long.
     
  7. slurrywidow

    slurrywidow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But we put ours in the coop instead of the run because we get LOTS of rain. Also I was amazed at how much less food I went through when I switched from crumbles to pellets.
     
  8. ccrow

    ccrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to switch to pellets, next bag of feed I buy; I am interested to see the difference.
     
  9. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We leave feed 24/7 for our chickens. Also, X2 on the pellets - much less waste than the crumbles!
     
  10. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only difference you might have is with meaties or broilers, they have to have their food taken away for 12 hours and then given back for 12 hours, every day, or they can have heart attacks or FLIP.
     

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