Recommended daily allowance for chicks (as a rule)

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dudefromtampa, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. dudefromtampa

    dudefromtampa Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen postings in terms of pounds for chickens but I have my chickens segregated into three different small flocks. Does anyone know, in simple terms (cups or ounces) per day each chicken should intake? I know this differs per breed, age, time of year, etc...but was just looking for a ballpark figure (approximation). My wife and I feed the chicks scraps from the kitchen, in addition to the normal chicken feed we get from the local mill.

    Just trying to figure out if I under or over feed them.

    I let them out several days a week, depending on my schedule - to range but with the winter here now (any day), free-ranging is a thing of the past - until next spring.

    Thanks much for any input on this.

    Joe
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens won't overeat regular chicken chow.
    As a general rule, without much foraging I get about 6 or 7 days out of 20 pounds for 7 adult LF.

    At 20 weeks a laying breed at about 3 pounds should eat about .14 lbs. a day.
    Same age for a meat bird at 5 pounds will eat almost a half pound a day.
     
  3. dudefromtampa

    dudefromtampa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for that. Most of my chickens are adult or will be very soon. So I figure with it being winter and all, I will give them about what I am now, which is about 1 - 1 1/2 cups a day, in addition to their free-ranging and table scraps. So they should be g-2-g. Thanks again for your input ChickenCanoe.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    The best way to feed birds is to keep feeders filled all the time and let them eat what they want
     
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