Learning the right amount of feeding needed by your chickens
If you are a flock owner, taking care of them is one of your main priorities. In order for an owner to give their chickens good care, flock owners should know how much they will feed their chickens. But to be honest, feeding chickens has no specific limitations and that was quite a tricky task that you should overcome.
Asking the question of how much food will you feed your chicken can be answered with different responses. People who are taking care of egg-laying chickens will tell you an answer different from those who are taking care of chickens that produce meat products, and it was one of the many factors that affect the amount of feeding needed by a chicken.
How much food is needed to feed your chicken?
This question cannot be answered easily because there are a lot of factors that you should consider in order to give the right and good amount of food needed by your chicken.
Let’s start with egg-laying chickens who actually turn the foods they eat into eggs, for them to be able to produce an egg they need about four pounds of a good quality feed that contains enough protein.
Next is the dual-purpose chickens, this type of chickens does two tasks at a time which means they need more feedings than usual. And then the meat producing chicken who are in need of certain of feeding measurements that is proportional with their own weight. Just don’t forget that these are just estimated amounts and it may still vary.
How can I be sure that I will not feed my chicken too much and too less?
If you have any doubts or worries on feeding your chicken with certain measurement of food, you can try putting food supply that can last for days in their feeding dishes.
If you are a flock owner, you might have already observed that chickens eat almost all the time. But although chickens eat too frequently, they only eat a small amount of food each time they eat.
You can also assign a feeding time for your flock at specific moments of the day. If you have a hard time thinking about the time, you begin feeding them one in the morning and once in the evening.
But don’t forget that the type of chicken still affects how much food you need to feed them. The greater mass and size a chicken has, it is the more food that they needed to eat.
Offering water to your chickens
Just like with other animals, water is very important for chickens. As the owner of your chickens, you should be able to provide them clean water that they can drink all the time and throughout the day.
Water has a vital role for your chickens especially during sunny weather wherein heat becomes the main foe of your chickens. And for an important reminder, you should only offer water to newly hatched chicks during their first moments that contains a quarter cup of sugar and Terramycin that will help them to fortify their immunity.
Be extra careful also by not allowing water and other foods stay overnight within their feeding dishes because it can attract parasites and pests.
Foods that your chickens might love
Aside from feeds that are being eaten by chickens, there are also some foods that are worth giving to your chickens.
Just like other species of birds, chickens also love eating worms that they see when they roam around. And you can also offer them well-cooked porridge during chilling or cold weather. After the foods that your chickens would eat, there are also some other foods that you should not feed to your chickens.
Feeding your chickens with coffee and chocolate can be toxic for them, thinking that chickens turn what they eat to eggs accordingly to the foods stored in their stomachs.
The exact amount of food that is required in feeding chickens is still unknown, but there are a lot of clever methods that help flock owners feed their chickens rightfully.
While there are a lot of factors that can affect the amount of food needed by your chickens like their main purpose, size, weight, and age wherein they are required to be fed with specific foods and feeds.
In the end, you would be able to intuitively learn how to measure the amount of food that you can give to your chickens.