How Much To Feed Chickens per Day in Grams (A Look at the Amount of Food Hens & Other Chickens Eat in g Daily)

How Much Should I Feed My Chickens Each Day?

Below is a simple guide on how much you should be feeding your laying hens, chicks, pullets, roosters, and broiler chickens daily, in g (grams).

But please note that, at first, you really want to aim at giving your chickens a little more feed than you think they would eat. Over time, you’ll get a feel for how much your chickens need to be fed.

If you’re constantly finding leftover feed in the feeder at the end of the day, you can always give them a little less feed the next day.

Trust me, you’ll get to know how much your chickens eat pretty quickly.

How Many Grams Does a Laying Chicken Eat per Day?

Once chickens start laying eggs or are 18 weeks old (whichever comes first), the average hen needs about 113 g of layer feed (Amazon) a day.

Of course, this is just a rule of thumb!

There really isn’t a hard rule on how much to feed your layers because it depends on the breed, how active they are, and the season. Your hens might need a little less or a little more than 113 g of chicken feed per day.

How Many Grams Does a Chick & Pullet Eat per Week?

A chick (0 to 8 weeks old) will eat between 340 g to 454 g of chick starter (Amazon) or starter grower feed (Amazon) a week. That’s about 49 g to 65 g a day per chick.

This amount will gradually increase as the chickens grow bigger. A pullet (8 to around 18 weeks old) will eat about 680 g a week. That’s about 97 g a day per pullet.

Pullets should be fed a high-quality grower feed (Amazon) or starter grower feed (Amazon) until they’re 18 weeks old or they start laying, whichever comes first.

I’ve always let my chicks and pullets consume whatever amount of feed they want because they won’t overeat. I think chicks drink way more water than they eat food.

Medicated vs Unmedicated Feed

If your chicks have been given the coccidiosis vaccine, do not feed them medicated starter feed (Amazon). The amprolium in the medicated feed, which helps protect chicks against coccidiosis, will make the coccidiosis vaccine ineffective.

Give them unmedicated chick starter (Amazon) instead.

How Many Grams Does a Rooster Eat per Day?

The average rooster needs approximately 113 g of chicken feed a day. However, I’ve had big roosters that would sometimes eat much more than this amount because they were active in foraging and protecting hens all day long.

Please Note: Roosters need feed that contains less calcium (Amazon) compared to what egg-laying hens need. Do not feed them layer feed.

How Many Grams Does a Broiler Chicken Eat per Day?

Broilers (chickens raised for meat) require a higher-level protein feed (Amazon) for maximum growth (approx. 19%-24%).

Most people raising meat birds will suggest feeding them unlimited feed 24/7 for the first 2-3 weeks and then 12 hours with feed and 12 hours without afterward until they reach slaughter weight.

Free-Feeding & Pests

If you’re going to free-feed your chickens, you might run into a problem with pests. Birds, squirrels, rats, and other pests will probably try to get a free meal from the chicken feed.

To fix this problem, I use automatic poultry treadle feeders (Amazon) to make sure only my chickens eat the feed.

These types of feeders might seem a little expensive at first, but you save so much money in the long run since you’re not feeding every wild animal in the neighborhood.

How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat a Day KG?
Conclusion: How Many Grams of Feed per Chicken per Day?

As a general rule of thumb, you should provide 113 g of feed per adult chicken each day.

However, there are a few factors that can affect feed intake:

  • It turns out that the amount of food a chicken needs to eat each day is directly related to its size. Larger chicken breeds will need more food than smaller breeds, simple as that.
  • If you’re feeding your chickens a high-quality diet that is full of nutrients, they will need less of it than if you were feeding them a lower-quality feed. (High-quality feed might cost more per bag, but it’s usually worth the money).
  • Chickens will eat more in the fall when they need extra protein to regrow feathers during the molting season.
  • They’ll also eat more during the winter months when they require extra energy to stay warm. Plus, in the winter, they’re not foraging as much so they can’t supplement their diet with seeds, plants, worms, and insects.
  • If you give your chickens too many chicken treats (Amazon), they won’t be eating as much feed. This also means they might not be getting the nutrients they need to be healthy (If you’re going to give them treats, including table scraps, make sure it’s not more than 10% of their total diet.)
  • It’s very important that chickens have access to poultry grit (Amazon) or chick grit (Amazon) if anything other than commercial feed is offered.
  • If you have egg-laying hens, then you definitely want to make sure they have enough calcium in their diet. You can give your chickens calcium in the form of crushed oyster shells (Amazon). But don’t mix the oyster shells with the chicken feed. Oyster shells should be served on the side so the laying hens will eat only what they need.

Another thing to keep an eye on when you are feeding your flock is to make sure the most dominant chickens don’t eat all the food. If this is becoming an issue consider feeding the weaker birds on their own to ensure they get some food.

But it’s always a good idea to have a few feeders and waterers (Amazon Best Sellers) to prevent bullying when feeding backyard chickens.

Being Self-Sufficient

Raising chickens is great because you become a little more self-sufficient and the work is truly rewarding.

However, being 100% self-sufficient on your own land might not be for everyone. It’s a lot of learning, planning, hard work, and patience to get yourself set up.

But this sweet, down-to-earth couple have done just that. They’ve been self-sufficient on their little 1/4 acre land for over 40 years! And, now they’re showing other people how they save and make money by being self-sufficient in things like food, heating, and electricity.

You should definitely check them out because you might get ideas on how to save or make money from your own backyard!