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#1 July-20-2010 10:11:pm

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Feeding and Watering the flock

FEEDING

The best way to be sure your birds are getting a nutritionally balanced diet is to provide them with a commercial feed. What you feed your birds also depends on the age of the birds and type of birds (game birds, chicks, chickens, ducks, etc.). All have different nutritional requirements.

The amount a chicken eats changes with the seasons. A chicken will eat more in the winter when they need more energy and less in the summer months when their energy requirements are lower. Also when the birds are allowed to free range their consumption of the commercial feed goes down. One acre of land can support 200 birds.

There are many different types of feeders. Some feeders hang while others have adjustable-height legs with an anti-roosting reel that rotates to keep the chickens from roosting on it.

Scratch has many functions. It can be used to train your birds to come when you call. Also scratch can be used to trick your chickens into stirring up the coop litter by tossing a handful over the litter and letting them scratch in it. This keeps the helps to keep the litter loose and dry. Scratch will give the birds an extra boost of energy. During the winter months a flock needs more energy to stay warm. In the summer less is better. In the summer switch to oats or increase the oats in the birds scratch. Studies show that feeding oats to hens minimizes heat stress and improves egg production in hot weather.

Grit is needed when the chickens are fed grains and vegetation. Granite grit is the best choice as other stones and pebbles are usually much softer and wear down quicker. The grit in kept in the gizzard which is an organ consisting of a tough membrane with muscles that grind the food up. The gizzard serves as a chickens teeth.

Calcuim should also be available to laying hens as it keeps their eggshells strong. The amount varies. Some birds may require more or less than others. Oyster shells are a good source of calcium.  All laying hens should have access to oyster shells in a separate container.


WATER

A chicken drinks often throughout the day, therefore, needs access fo fresh drinking water at all times. Each chicken will drink between 1 and 2 cups of water daily. During warm weather a chicken my drink as much as four times more water than usual. Chickens prefer water at temperatures between 50°F and 55°F. The warmer the water the less they will drink. In colder climates, water warming devices are available  at most farm stores and livestock supply catalogs.

There are many different types and sizes of waterers made of plastic and metal. They should hold at least enough water for the flock for a day and kept clean.


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#2 July-21-2010 7:43:pm

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Re: Feeding and Watering the flock

Is it okay to feed chickens canoloupe seed and the rind?

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#3 July-21-2010 7:58:pm

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Re: Feeding and Watering the flock

Melon
Cantelope, etc.
Both seeds and flesh are good chicken treats.


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#4 October-23-2011 10:45:am

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Re: Feeding and Watering the flock

HOW MANY HAVE TRIED THE NEW OMAGA 3 FROM PURINA AND WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT.

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#5 January-2-2017 2:18:pm

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Re: Feeding and Watering the flock

I have tried it in the past and some swear by it. I use a different brand and am very happy with it. Since I show some of my birds at poultry shows I use a show feed.


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