Friday, June 27, 2008

Guide to Feeding Chickens

How to feed your chickens is often one of the first questions that someone might ask as a beginner. Even if you're not new to the hobby of raising chickens, you might still occasionally wonder: How much should I feed my chickens? Can I feed my chickens kitchen scraps? Does it matter what I feed my egg layers or my meat chickens?

The simple answer: It matters what, and how much, you feed your chickens.

The best advice we can give you is to buy the chicken feed that is formulated for the age of your chickens. That's right, there are specific feeds for chicks, growing chickens, and egg layers. Each type of food has varying amounts of certain nutrients that your chickens need for that age. For example, chick starter is high in protein, and egg layer feed is high in calcium for strong egg shells.