How Much Does a Chicken Eat?

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How Much Does a Chicken Eat?

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:

  • Layer Chicks: 9-10 lbs per bird in the first 10 weeks
  • Broiler Chicks (based on Cornish Game Birds): 8-9 lbs per bird in the first 6 weeks
  • Turkeys: 72 lbs per bird in the first 12 weeks
  • Geese: 53 lbs per bird in the first 8 weeks
  • Ducks: 22 lbs per bird in the first 8 weeks
  • Gamebirds: 9 lbs per bird in the first 8 weeks

Feeding Amounts for Laying Birds:

  • 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
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