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How often do you feed chickens? With the hobby of keeping chickens, growing, and growing, I have found more people asking “how often do you feed chickens?” This is a very important question when planning to take on a flock. You need to consider how much work will be involved BEFORE you get your chickens. As well as the cost involved with feeding the chickens you select.
I provide my chicken with access to feed at all times. I have noticed that the chickens will give you much better egg production if they have free access to food. So keep that feeder full as often as you can.
How Often Do You Feed Chickens?
I feed our chickens at least once a day. I do not have to feed the chickens that often, I choose to. Feeding my chickens every day allows me to check on them and see how they are doing. At the same time as feeding I usually collect the eggs from the coop, this helps me keep track of egg production.
If you do not want to feed everyday, you will have to evaluate the size of you feeder and waterer. Once you know how long you can reasonably go without refilling the water and feed, you can make a call on how often you need to feed the chickens.
To decide how long you will be able to leave your backyard chickens, you have to know long the feeder and waterer you have can service the chickens needs. For instance, if your chickens are out of food and water by the end of the day you will have to feed every day. If your feeder and waterer still have plenty of water after 3 days, then 2 days would be the point where you should be refilling.
How long can chickens be left without care?
Chickens do not need much care. In some cases you my have to provide treatment for an anomaly, but for the most part all the need is food and water. Lets say that you free range your chickens, and they have access to a good source of water to drink, you would not need to do anything for the chickens.
Most people keep their chickens in a coop and run situation, this means they can not scavenge food for themselves. In this case a good supply of food and water must be provided. With large feeders and waterers you can leave chickens like this for many days and they will be just fine. As a general rule I always make sure the chickens have much more than they actually need, just in case I can not get back when planned.
If I plan on being gone more than 5 days, I usually ask a friend to come check on the chickens. Just to be sure that nothing is out of the norm, and to collect eggs. As compensation for looking after my chickens I offer the caretaker the eggs, as an added bonus to say thank you for the help.
How much does a chicken eat in a day?
The average chicken will eat 1/4 to 1/3 of a pound a day. To plan your time away from you chicken you need to do a little math. Lets say you have 6 chickens and you want to leave for 3 days. You take 1/3 times 6 and get 2 pounds, that means your chickens need 2 pounds of feed a day. Multiply 2 pounds by 3 days, you get six pounds.
Your feeder needs to support at least 6 pounds in this situation for you to leave the chickens 3 days. I like to go for over kill, so I would use a 12 pound chicken feeder to ensure the chickens needs are met.
Make sure you protect the feeder from the weather while you are away. Make sure no rain will get to the feed as well as any other moisture. You may not need to worry about this while you are around. This will make travels more enjoyable, since you will not have to worry about your chickens at home.
If you would like more info on what to feed chickens at various stages in life click the link below. What do chickens eat?
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