From just hatched out of the egg to their aging years, I’ll share how much, and what, you need to feed your chickens in this feeding guide.
PLUS, I’ve included a FREE printable so you can place it right on your coop wall and never have to wonder how much to feed them.
Feeding your chickens a balanced and nutritious diet is essential to keep them healthy. Happy, and productive.
Before we cover exactly how much to feed your chickens in this guide, I’m going to go over some basic feeding essentials.
Offer Your Chickens Clean, Fresh Water At All Times
Chickens require fresh, clean water every day to stay hydrated and maintain their health.
This is especially important if you are raising broilers.
Broiler chickens can not digest their food without an adequate supply of water.
In the absence of water, they may start to eat more to compensate for their first. Which isn’t good for their health.
Feed Your Chickens A Good, Quality Feed
We offer 3 AMAZING homemade natural chicken feed recipes for you to make. Our recipes include a basic chicken feed, one for laying hens and one for broilers.
Choose the feed recipe that is appropriate for your flock.
If you’re not up for making your own homemade chicken feed, no worries, just shop for a Non-GMO feed or organic feed.
Supplement Your Chickens Feed
Chickens are HUGE fans of treats, plus they need some extra nutrients.
The best way to help supplement your chickens diet is by letting them forage and free range.
Chickens love to scratch and find delicious bugs to devour.
Another way to supplement their diets is by planting them their own chicken garden with fresh vegetables and herbs.
Fodder will also provide your chickens fresh greens when the snow has covered the ground and they can’t forage.
Hens that are of egg-laying age need additional calcium in order to produce hard egg shells. You can give them this by offering crushed oyster shells, egg shells, or limestone.
Lastly, you can give your chickens kitchen scraps to help supplement their diet.
Avoid feeding them onions, potatoes, citrus, avocados, and asparagus.
Always make sure the scraps are free of mold and aren’t rotten.
Keep A Feeding Schedule
Much like dogs, chickens are creatures of habit and can easily be trained with food. Try to keep them on a regular feeding schedule, checking their water dish a couple times a day.
Feed containers should be washed out weekly.
Feeding Guide For Chickens
|Age||Type of Feed||Amount|
|Weeks 1-6||Starter Feed 20% Protein||1 oz. Per Day|
|Weeks 7-15||Grower Feed 18% Protein||3 oz. Per Day|
|Weeks 16+ On||Layer Feed 16-18% Protein||4 oz. Per Day|
|Roosters||Grower Feed 18% Protein||4 oz. Per Day|
|Old Non-Laying Hens||Grower Feed 18% Protein||4 oz Per Day|
Roosters and older hens that are past their egg-laying years don’t require the extra calcium that is in layer feed.
Feeding Guide For Broilers
|Age||Type of Feed||Amount|
|1||Meat Bird Starter 16%||4.2 oz|
|2||Meat Bird Starter 16%||9.2 oz|
|3||Meat Bird Starter 16%||14 oz.|
|4||Meat Bird Grower 22% Protein||18.8 oz.|
|5||Meat Bird Grower 22% Protein||26.1 oz.|
|6||Meat Bird Grower 22% Protein||34.5 oz|
|7||Meat Bird Finisher 15-18% Protein||38.5 oz.|
|8||Meat Bird Finisher 15-18% Protein||46.2 oz.|
|9||Meat Bird Finisher 15-18% Protein||46.5 oz.|
|10||Meat Bird Finisher 15-18% Protein||48 oz.|
|11||Meat Bird Finisher 15-18% Protein||48 oz.|
Use this feeding guide for chickens in conjunction with our recipes for homemade chicken feed, and you’ll have a happy and healthy flock!
As promised, here is your FREE Feeding Guide For Chickens printable.
Print it out and place it in your coop or by your chicken feed as a quick guide to have on hand.