winter feed for my chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 12chicks12, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. 12chicks12

    12chicks12 Hatching

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    Hello:

    I am trying to figure out how much food to buy in bulk for my 80 chickens this winter. I want to buy from a feed mill in my area but need to know roughly how much to buy so I can price it out.

    I have several different breeds "heavy breeders", if this plays into it or not.

    Can anyone help with this?

    Thanks in advance!

    Ps: Is grain screenings something I should look into? And what exactly is it?
     

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    A LF breed will eat between 1/4 to 1/3 pounds a day so yours will eat between 20 and 26 pounds a day.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I feed about 80-100 adult standards, mostly various laying breeds, and figure on about 200 pounds a week of pellets and whole grains, usually with 18% protein my end goal... mine do have access to grass and hay if the weather cooperates.
    Screenings are what's left after grain is cleaned and sorted...as far as I know, as long as the grain screenings have been processed, evaluated, and rated (as for feed etc), there's no reason not to use good quality ones. Prices are regional and depend on various things, especially protein %. You can sometimes find them as pellets or just sold as a mixed animal feed with whatever else was left over. Like corn distillers and brewers spent grains, it is very much buyer beware and make sure you know what you are buying.
     

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