How to Feed Your Chickens

Feed Your Chickens

Feed is a consideration for backyard poultry.

Not everyone has easy access to a farm store where they can buy bulk feed, and in that case you’re gonna wanna know a farmer or mix feed yourself.

You’re just gonna have to have a reliable source and supply of well balanced poultry ration.

For maximum efficiency just keep ’em on the balanced poultry ration.

But most backyard producers are also going to put in some kitchen scraps and other things like that into the coop and the run area for chickens to kind of entertain and eat and compost in place.

There’s a lot of different types of best chicken feeders on the market.

Make sure you have a lot, at least about three inches, linearly, of space at the feeder per bird, in your flack, otherwise that competition can cause stress with the birds and stressed birds tend to have poor outcomes.

Feed wastage is an issue with chickens.

And if you have a feeder with a grate that prevents the chicken from kind of moving its head from side to side and scooping feed out of the feeder and out onto the ground, that’s gonna be of benefit to you.

It’ll save you a little bit of feed, and it’ll save you a little bit of cost.

Water is important.

Clean water is important.

Fill your water fountain every time it’s getting close to be being low.

Don’t wait until it’s bone dry.

Clean out the inside of it.

If you have any kind of algae growth, any kind of dirty residue on the inside, make sure those chickens have an adequate supply of really palatable clean water, in both the summer and in the winter.

Theaters and waters should be placed at a height of about level with the chicken’s back.

That’s also gonna help prevent a lot of spillage and spoilage of your water and your grain.

And lastly you’re gonna wanna provide a free choice supplement of calcium and grit.

The most popular choice of calcium supplement is oyster shell, pretty widely available at farm stores.

Grit is any kind of course rock that is in the crap of the chickens to break down larger particulates that they take in.

Especially if you’re feeding scratch grains and whole grains, you’re gonna wanna make sure that they have grit to help digest those foods.

Collect those things soon after they’re laid.

Most eggs are laid in the morning.

And usually almost all of them are laid by 10 AM.

So if you can collect right away, then you’re gonna avoid the amount of time that the egg is out there in the nest box with the chance of getting soiled or frozen or anything like that.

So collect eggs frequently.

Make sure you’ve got an adequate amount of clean bedding.

References:

https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/what-to-feed-chickens-zmaz75sozgoe

https://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/feeding-chickens-for-best-health-and-performance

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