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post #11 of 15

What do you mean by feeding with a heavy hand?

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #12 of 15
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Just making sure that none go away hungry. I'm adding a few extra ounces per feeding (2X a day). I know I don't want them fat- just healthy.

post #13 of 15

I'm detecting a possible reason they have been thin. Chickens are voracious eaters but won't overeat chicken feed. Keeping feed available all day won't make them fat.

I bet if you keep their feeders full and with the added light, you'll have plenty of eggs soon.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #14 of 15
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I'm pretty sure that my birds are well fed. I feed in the morning and evening and the rest of the day they graze in my yard- it's 4 acres that are maintained and adjacent to a large hay meadow full of bugs, clover and other goodies. My landscaping is full of berries and other edibles I planted for the wild birds and local wildlife. I can see that their crop is full to the point of bulging. Since I began worming them, I am noticing them putting on weight. I pick them up and give them a good look. They have become more active and "talkative" and they are looking great. The reason that I don't have a constantly full feeder is that I have too many raccoons, possums and the occasional rat (they come up my little creek out back). I'm lucky enough to be able to provide fresh spring water constantly.I also feed some apples and other fruits and veggies. My friends think I spoil them.

Until this "episode", all of my birds were "fat & sassy". I'll keep a close eye on them from now on.

I really appreciate your help. "Chicken People" are the best. At least equal to "Dog People"...

post #15 of 15
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I just wanted to thank-you again for your encouragement. My Wyandotte's are beginning to lay again and my Brabanter's are looking great. The Bra's still haven't begun laying but, judging from their activity, they likely will.
So much to learn in life, so little time. Thank-You Very Much.
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