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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jessierose, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

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    How much feed should these little critters eat???

    Let's say they can't be outside because of rain or coop repairs, etc: how much feed do you offer each bird per day?

    I have 48 2month old black stars and assorted brown egg layers and a pair of 7 month old RIRs. How much would you offer? Also, how many waterers for that many young birds?
     
  2. VA from WV

    VA from WV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens eat constantly. I fill their feeders and let them eat their fill.
     
  3. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

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    I did that for one week about 2 weeks ago and found that no matter how much I offered each day they ate every single bit.
    How many bags of feed would you expect to go through with 50 birds in one month? I am going through A LOT!!!
     
  4. VA from WV

    VA from WV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I averaged 50# a week for the first 4 weeks I had my meaties. We had 40 birds. It crept upwards from there and my guess is that it was about 65-70# at the end.

    I just refill the waterers as needed. With 40 birds, I refilled the 5 gallon waterer every 36 hours.
     
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  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With about 20 birds, I go thru a 50# bag a month, maybe a little more,less when they free- range
     
  6. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmm... I must be doing something wrong. My 20 girls are eating 4 times that in a month. Plus they get a treat of some sort each day (fruit/veggies/scratch) since I can't free range t hem because of all the dogs around.
     
  7. rarebreedeggs4u

    rarebreedeggs4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 30 birds up in breeder pens full time. They easily eat 100 lbs of feed a week.
     
  8. jessierose

    jessierose Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok...more confused than ever. I guess I can average everyone's answers.
     
  9. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about averaging the feed consumption of Leghorn-type and broiler pullets? The University of Missouri poultry people have some numbers for us to use.

    An 8 week-old Leghorn-type pullet typically eats 325 grams of feed, each week.

    An 8 week-old broiler pullet eats 970 grams of feed, each week.

    The average would be 647.5 grams or about 1.4 pounds, each week. (That looks high to me for Black Stars & RIR, but . . . we are averaging . . . )

    For 50 pullets, that would be 71 pounds of feed, each week, or about 285 pounds of feed in a month.

    Shorting them on feed will slow their development and may make for small birds and small eggs at maturity.

    Steve
     
  10. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

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    I only have six birds, so my info might not help much. BUT I always make sure their feeder is FULL and have access to food at all times. That and fresh water daily. I think they eat when they need food, and stop and do chicken things til they need food again, not like a dog that will eat til they drop. Mine also go out and forage for a bit each day, so they get extra goodies and protein. If you supplement them with good veggies and some fruits and cheese or pasta treats, they'll even love you more.
     

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