A common question among poultry owners, especially those new to raising birds, is “How much do my birds eat, so I know how much feed to buy?”.
Below are some general guidelines to go by, keeping in mind that a variety of factors, from weather to other available food sources, can influence the exact amount of prepared feed your birds will consume.
Feeding amounts for newly hatched birds:
|Type of Bird||Feeding period||Total amount of feed|
|Layer chicks||First 10 weeks||9-10 lbs per bird|
|Broiler chicks (based on Cornish Game Birds)||First 6 weeks||8-9 lbs per bird|
|Turkeys||First 12 weeks||72 lbs per bird|
|Geese||First 8 weeks||53 lbs per bird|
|Ducks||First 8 weeks||22 lbs per bird|
|Gamebirds||First 8 weeks||9 lbs per bird|
Feeding amounts for laying birds:
|Type of Bird||Total amount of feed|
|Chickens||1.5 lbs per bird per week|
|Turkeys||4 – 5 lbs per bird per week|
|Geese||3 lbs per bird per week|
|Gamebirds||1 – 1.5 lbs per bird per week|