Should I Be Worried?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Punk-Rock_Chicken, May 17, 2009.

  1. Punk-Rock_Chicken

    Punk-Rock_Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just recently built a run for my chickens. Prior to that they were pretty much confined to a large cage and allowed to free range in the yard for about an hour every evening. Now I let them out in the run every morning (6am) and put them up every evening (8pm). Since they've had the run I have noticed that they have been eating significantly less feed. I used to have to fill their feeder(12 lb) every few days. But now I haven't had to fill it once since they've been in the run everyday. For like a little over a week. They still have about 4 lbs. in it now, Is this normal, or should I be worried? They have eaten all the grass that was growing in the run, now it is mostly dirt and grass roots. But I wouldn't think that that would fill them up THAT much. The run is 7'x8' with 6 chicken and a duck.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Enjoy it while you can. There won't be much left soon enough.
     
  3. Punk-Rock_Chicken

    Punk-Rock_Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats that...Grass? It's already gone.
     
  4. mayapooh

    mayapooh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little flock finds a surprising amount to eat on what looks like barren ground. They do eat a lot less feed now, too. You might keep checking to make sure they don't drop any weight, though. [​IMG]
     

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