how much chicken feed per bird

This week, we’re talking all about chicken feed. This is a common question for new backyard chicken owners. There are so many options to choose from, so I will share what I use as well as how often I use it. Let’s start there.

How Much to Feed Chickens Each Day

Finding the right amount of chicken feed for your flock each day will take some time and observation, as every breed and flock is unique. To give you a good starting point, here’s a simple calculation: 1/4 of a pound per fully grown chicken per day. This means each chicken will eat approximately 1. 5 pounds of feed in a week.

The age and size of your birds will determine how much this is. Checking the feeders after your flock has finished eating is the best method to ascertain what it needs. Simply observe if any feed remains and modify the quantity the following day. Generally speaking, overfeeding is preferable to underfeeding because the wasted product is better for the chickens.

Different Types of Chicken Feed

Okay, let’s talk about different types of chicken food. I feed my chicks a non-medicated chick crumble when they first hatch. Since my Baby Chick Care Kit contains First Peep, which gives them such a great start, and natural ingredients that can accomplish the same tasks as medicated food, I prefer non-medicated food. Using Strong Animals Chicken Essentials may or may not align with your personal preferences, but you probably want to proceed as naturally as possible.

It is a good idea to transition your chickens from non-medicated starter feed to grower feed once they reach about 8 weeks of age. This is the stage at which your chickens will develop into fully grown hens, capable of laying eggs. At this point, switching from starter to grower feed will provide them with what they need to develop and flourish.

I go from layer feed to pellets when I switch my hens over to that. They are much less disorganized and wasteful, in my experience. The chickens initially objected, but they now appear to enjoy the pellets as much.

For the duration of their brief lives, meat bird food must be given to chickens raised for meat. As a result, they will grow quickly and begin to produce meat in about six weeks.

How Much Feed Per Chicken

In order to preserve the health and optimize the productivity of your hens, you should take into account their nutritional requirements when determining the appropriate amount to feed them. A healthy adult chicken will typically eat 1/4 to 1/2 pound of feed each day.

But this amount can change based on things like breed, age, weight, and degree of activity. For instance, because young chicks develop quickly, their diet needs to contain higher levels of protein, phosphorus, and amino acids to support their growth. Your hens have reached sexual maturity when they begin to lay eggs, at which point they should be switched to layer feed. They might also require more calcium to help with the development of their eggshells. To support eggshell quality, I use Chicken E-lixir as an additional calcium supplement.


How much chicken feed per bird per day?

How much do chickens eat? On average, a laying hen eats about ¼-pound of feed per day or 1.5 pounds of feed per week. If you’re buying a 50-pound bag of feed, it would feed your chicken for about 33 weeks.

How much food do 12 chickens eat?

However, there is a simple figure to provide you with a solid starting point: 1/4 of a pound per fully grown chicken per day. This means each chicken will eat approximately 1.5 pounds of feed in a week.

Can you overfeed your chickens?

Although it is uncommon, chickens can become overweight. Chicken obesity causes poor egg production and a range of health issues. Chickens given free-access to a layer pellet and limited scraps are very unlikely to overeat or become overweight.

How many cups of food should I feed my chickens per day?

In general, the average chicken will need 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of feed per day. In addition to regular feed, you can also supplement their diet with fresh fruits and veggies or Poultry Scratch Grains. However, these extra snacks shouldn’t exceed 10% of their daily feed intake.