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when to feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickaboo7, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. chickaboo7

    chickaboo7 Songster

    May 18, 2007
    Manahawkin NJ
    do you leave chicken crumble down all day or just at certain times? I have a feeder that holds 30lbs. I fill it and leave it till it's empty is that right? Some one told me feed only during the day and not at night What is a good schedule?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Mine have food and water available 24/7. They won't overeat and they don't eat on a schedule.
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leave it out all the time. Night time feeding is good for small chicks. 30lbs is a lot of feed for hatchlings, it could take them weeks to eat that. It might go stale waiting for them. I'd only put a few lbs in until they are bigger. Make sure there is about 2" of feeder space for each chick or smaller ones will be crowded out by larger ones.
  4. spottedtail

    spottedtail Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Feed enough in the morning to have only about 1/2 or 3/4 lb left over the next morning.
    Take whats left over and mix it with todays feed. This keeps feed fresh instead of getting old.

    30 pounds is far too much to put out, unless you're feeding about 90 hens.

    Good luck,
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    My girls had feed available 24/7.
  6. go-veggie

    go-veggie Flew the Coop

    24/7 here too....
  7. 24/7 here also

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