How much to feed chickens
homesteaders I know allow their chickens access to unlimited food, but
this method is really only appropriate for situations where you're
raising broilers and want them to bulk up as quickly as possible.
With laying hens, you'll run into several problems when providing
unlimited food. First of all, many chickens will pick through the
trough to choose bits they like best (generally corn), which means you
waste a lot of food and the chickens don't get the right
protein in their diet.
Meanwhile, your chickens will overeat,
which means they put on body fat and lay larger (but fewer) eggs.
In the end, you've got overweight, unhealthy hens and have spent a lot
of money to get there.
Round out your chickens' diet with clean water from our chicken waterer.
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