well maybe i can get an answer here !

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ryansmommy83, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. ryansmommy83

    ryansmommy83 In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    southern california
    So I dont want to over feed my little loves but I dont want to over feed either I have 6 hens and 1 roo how much do you think i should be offering them ? They arent free range yet only because i just added two new game hens and I dont trust them yet especially since i have alot of lose dogs and coyotes, and hawks. I feed them out of a dish. i have prissy hens !
  2. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    North Kohala, Hawaii
    You canʻt over-feed a chicken. They get fat or sick eating the wrong food. If you stick to growing mash/pellets until they start laying and then layer mash/pellets, you can give them as much as they want because it a balanced diet. But if you feed a lot of treats or a lot of 3 way scratch, you might start seeing a problem since they are high fat/calorie and low protein foods. Like kids, the hens will go on strike for the treats instead of eating whatʻs good for them
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Quote:I agree, as long as we're talking about layers. Meat birds, I do 12 hours feeding, 12 hours off- they will eat as long as food is out.
  4. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have non-meat chickens & give them all day access to food. Birdsofparadise is right about them going on strike for treats. I feed mine a mix of cracked corn & layer mash, they will pick all of the corn out first & eat the layer mash later. I only refill their pans once the mash is almost completely gone - otherwise they would eat nothing but the cracked corn.
  5. ROC4K

    ROC4K Songster

    Oct 21, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Free feed with a feeder that doesn't allow for waste. They will scratch out a tremendous amount of feed especially if you premix grit and shells with your pellets. I have a hanging feeder that is well adjusted to the size of my birds. When my feeder was on the ground they cleaned it out scratching. They don't overeat a balanced diet if it is provided. They are dialed in pretty good to fill their needs. [​IMG]
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I keep feeders and waterers full 24/7 for my laying flocks.
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Free Ranging

    Oct 16, 2008
    as with any animal,if you don't let them get hungry, they will not overeat when the food is available.

    with my dogs I just open the fed bag and let them help themselves.

    my wife has a feeder for hers, and she keeps it full.. same principle, only neater...

    You can do the same with a feeder for chickens, is what I am getting at..

    If you watch them, they will eat their fill and then go off across he yard the rest of the day pecking at the ground...

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