Proper Feed Amount

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shoo80, May 7, 2008.

  1. shoo80

    shoo80 In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    Does anyone know exactly how much layer feed chickens need per day? They roam the yard most of the day.
  2. Provide ad libitum access to feed and water, the birds will eat to meet their energy needs.

  3. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    i just keep my feeder filled and let them eat as they want
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Each layer needs app. 1/3 pound of feed per pay. If they are free ranged, this can be cut down some. It is a good ide to just keep the feeders full and they will eat what they need.
  5. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    My hens free range all day and go into the coop at night. I keep my feeders full all the time. They will only eat as much as they need.

    One time I had them locked in the coop for two weeks and they eat alot more feed than when they are free ranging.
  6. talos321

    talos321 Songster

    I feed them a certain amount that I've found them to eat during the day and remove when they roost for the night to keep pests (mice/rats) from finding food at night. I return in the morning just as they start stirring. I've just about got them exact as there is a tiny bit left over. My schedule for them is like this....

    Day 1-All laying pellets
    Day 2-laying pellets/house leftovers
    Day 3-Chicken Salad lol (lots of different types of greens and just a little layer) sometimes worms/bugs too.


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