My hens mob me--should I change feeding routine?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mrs.Puff, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are getting to be a major pain in the rear when I go out to feed them. They jump up in the air and bite at my hands, fly all over the place, knock over the feeder etc. I give them feed in the morning, and maybe a little corn if it's been cold, and then I give them a little feed in the afternoon/evening before they go to roost. I let them free range quite a bit (they're confined to a run more now since they have been hiding eggs). They are getting to be really obnoxious, especially my two production reds and the two sussex hens. I know they're getting plenty to eat. They have full crops, are healthy and shiny. I have one of those long trough feeders. Should I put up a hanging feeder so they have feed whenever they want? Will they just stuff themselves and I end up paying for more feed than they actually need?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    IMO, having feed available 24/7 is best. I use a hanging feeder. Chickens won't overeat like some other critters will.
     
  3. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got an old dented up one that I suppose will do. What about since I have both banties and standards? I would just have to put it pretty low to the ground right?
     
  4. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I have one of those big hanging feeders and just add feed when it gets close to being low. They dont eat all the time. I feed scratch morning and night for them to have something to scratch for. I also added a shovel full of sand to their coop. Yes they are spoiled.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mrs.Puff :

    I've got an old dented up one that I suppose will do. What about since I have both banties and standards? I would just have to put it pretty low to the ground right?

    Hang it to the level of your smallest hen's back and they should be fine with that.
    ETA: Even if being that low means some feed gets billed out on the floor, it will give them something to do scratching and hunting for the fallen pieces.​
     
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  6. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like they are actualy hungry so I think the above advice is good. 24/7 food. They dont generally overeat at all, and won't empty the feeder in general,once you find out how much they need.
     
  7. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SOME chickens will do that even when well fed-- especially hand-raised flocks who see you as "momma"!

    I get flown at (landed on) hitch-hikers, and followed by "the Mob" no matter what.....

    ESPECIALLY if they think I have "treats! [​IMG]
     
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    Quote:Agreed.

    Our chicken feed is out 24/7 and I never let it get empty. When I enter their pen, they are calm and I have no problem walking among them because they are not expecting food from me. On the other hand, when they are free-ranging in my backyard and see me open the door, they all come running at me because they know I might have some special treats for them.
     

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