How much feed does newly hatched poultry require?
Answer: Feeding amounts for newly hatched birds are as follows:
- layer chicks: 9 to 10 pounds per bird in the first 10 weeks
- broiler chicks: 8 to 9 pounds per bird in the first six weeks
- turkeys: 72 pounds per bird in the first 12 weeks
As laying birds mature, chickens will require 1.5 pounds per bird per week, and turkeys will require 4 to 5 pounds per bird per week.
Pastured poultry can obtain anywhere from 5 to 20% of their daily dietary requirement from forage, if the forage is young, vegetative, and not too tall. Clovers seem to work best. Most pastured poultry producers will factor in 5% of the diet coming from forage, and feed the rest of their diet with a prepared grain mix appropriate for their stage of development.
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