my free range chickens have stopped eating their feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by milo2145, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. milo2145

    milo2145 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this normal? are they getting enough from free ranging? we have about 10 acres that they forage on, and they seem happy and active, I put grower feed for them every day, but it just goes to waste. they eat all my cats food, and they go crazy for the wild bird food that I put out, but i worry that they won't get enough nutrients.

    hi everyone by the way!
     
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    sounds like they have lots of yummy bugs to munch on, and the wild bird feed is like crack to chickens! They love scratch grains and wild bird seed, especially BOSS (black oil sunflower seed). They'll also scarf up cat food like little Hoovers (vacuum cleaners!) [as will raccoons, oppossums, stray cats, rats, wild birds, and even squirrels & skunks]. If you limit their access to the wild bird food and the cat food, it will encourage them to eat more of their grower food which has a more balanced amount of what they need. Nevertheless, they'll probably still eat less during the warmer months. Just wait until it turns sharply colder and watch them start chugging it down again... [​IMG]
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My feed bill goes down by about 1/2 this time of year, completely normal since they are getting lots of good grub while freeranging. I'd make it so they can't get to the bird feed though since too much of that is not good for them and they'll eat it like a 2-year old eats ice cream. [​IMG]
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Lucky you! Mine don't seem to be eating any less than they did 3 months ago! Free ranging has the benefit of free bugs and worms, which I'm sure they are taking full advantage of. Probably finding some mouse nests or small snakes to nibble on too [​IMG]

    Of course, the fact that my flock size about doubles in the warmer months probably doesn't help either [​IMG]
     
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  5. BayouGypsy

    BayouGypsy Out Of The Brooder

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    They are probably getting enough to eat on their own. My kids like to go out every night to catch June bugs in jars for out chickens. The scatter the bugs on the ground in the morning and get a kick out of watching the chickens go after them.
     
  6. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woo Hoo, I love when this happens!! It's one of the rewards of free ranging, you can save on feed!! Don't worry about it, just enjoy!!![​IMG]
     

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