Sepearating bantams and standards for feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dixiechik44, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. dixiechik44

    dixiechik44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I need to separate my bantams and standards for feeding purposes so that I can see how much my bantams are eating. (for a 4-H project) Has anyone devised a way to do this? My run in 6 feet tall and 8 feet long and 6 feet wide. (I think) and I have a small coop inside that's 6 feet long and 4 feet tall (my chickens sleep in it and eat in it) So does anyone have a way??? HELLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!! It doesn't matter how big it is, but I'd like to have all my chickens in the same coop. THANK YOUUUUUUU!!!!!
     
  2. aleebama

    aleebama Out Of The Brooder

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    What if you caged one of the bantams for a day, kept track of it's food consumption for that day and multiplied it by the total number of bantams? That should give you a rough estimate.
     
  3. HooverHenHouse

    HooverHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Divide your coop, and / or run in half...depending where you feed them, with a temporary fencing.

    Or divide you run in half... feed them outside, and at dusk/dark lock them in the coop, then divide them up to repeat again. Depending on how many days you are charting this
     
  4. HooverHenHouse

    HooverHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another idea is to have two cages, cage a lf and a bantam seperatley for two days and chart their food...after two days replace the birds with others..and repeat until you have the data you want.

    I say two days (or more) because the stress of being caged may mean they won't eat as normal.
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  5. HooverHenHouse

    HooverHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you did the last one I stated you may get to notice a change of quanity of food that each chicken eats..like a silkie verses old English game..hen verses roo..
    Adult verses adolescent would be interesting. If you do it that way write down data of breed, age and gender..it would be interesting.
     

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