Should I Ration my Chickens food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by neetabeamie, May 4, 2016.

  1. neetabeamie

    neetabeamie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2014
    Teton City Idaho
    Should I ration my chickens food or just let them eat as much as they want out of the feeder then refill it?
    That is what I have been doing. I read about how you are supposed to ration your ducks feed when they start laying so I was wondering if this was true for chickens as well?
  2. BootsMcgee

    BootsMcgee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Central Florida

    I free feed as well.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I don't do ducks, but chickens should have a balanced food in their feeder free choice. Limiting treats is a good idea. Cornishx meat birds might do better with some food restriction, but that's a separate issue. Mary
  4. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've always let them feed free-choice. The girls have access to the yard and will spend the entire day contentedly grazing on fresh green grass, visiting the feed hopper only as needed...

  5. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    I'm lazy. I don't want to be out there twice a day feeding them. Most people seem to do rationed feeding to cut down on waste. I have done it and it does help with waste but didn't think it worth the effort. Or some people like spending more time each day with their chickens. I don't. I like our chickens a lot, but don't want to be tied down to having to feed them twice a day.

    My current waste control method: when they run out of feed in the feeder, I wait a day or day and a half before refilling their feeder. That way they tend to do a pretty good job of cleaning up around the feeder. They also get some free range time most days so they can get some of their own food as well.
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    I feed free choice. I've only heard of it being a problem raising meat birds.
  7. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    No, Free choice feed is best. I have never know a laying hen to eat too much to the point of getting fat. Most people I know that try to ration their birds end up with chickens that are always hungry, and no eggs. If your chickens are spilling a lot of feed, than you might want to look into another kind of feeder.

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