A general nutrition question for the experts. I had a good amount of turkey given to me by mother. My DH wasn't crazy about it, so I gave it to my Chickens over a couple of days. Is there any problem with an occasional "protein loading" like that? I have two girls that are molting I so I thought they could use it. Any ideas?
We routinely give our birds left over carcasses from chicken, turkey or fish.... also dog or cat food on occasion. I am not a nutritionist by any means, but the only side effect I've noticed is that the birds come to expect treats more often! LOL
a neighbor used black piping (like the 1.5" semi rigid stuff) to heat his pool. he had like a hundred feet of it and ran it in a serpentine pattern on a south facing slope, it was on a circulation pump that moved the water like once a minute. It was very effective... You could do something similar on a roof. It wouldn't work all of the time, but you could supplement with a tank heater or something similar for the odd days the set up wouldn't work. Having a circulator on the tank would help also.
Not gross at all.... nothing more eye opening as to the true nature of our cute little fluffy butts than watching them tear a carcass apart!
not a sick mind at all!! A sick mind would give hens particular rooster parts when culling the aggressive ones...
@Barbie, Awesome Job! Raccoons Beware!!
@Lisa, you can get Ivermectin at Tractor Supply. I usually up the protein when my birds are molting.
My Devan is doing well, she gets a break over the holidays and has her radiation therapy in January. She is back to work and even got a promotion, good stuff.
So glad she is doing well and will have a break over the holidays... congrats on the promotion!
Molts are harder on the older ladies. Her comb is dull and shrinking because she isn't producing right now. I'd hold off on the worming for now because it would be hard on her system. Her body is already stressed because a feather is made of 80-90% protein, and she needs that more than anything. Lack of protein makes you weak, and just generally feeling blah. I know you give all those protein rich foods, and that's great. Keep it up. And the fact that they have pin feathers poking through their skin is just...Ouch.
My 3 year old hen hasn't been eating as much either, and has dropped in the pecking order (usually on top), and has dried and dull comb and wattles. I just make sure to keep the water laced with acv, vitamins, and electrolytes. She'll make it just like Ramona will.
x2.... as far as worming... call around to some local vets to see what it would cost you to have a fecal test done. It would give you a guideline to determine if worming was needed or not.
Beautiful shot! It does look like they are posing and very proud of themselves! Rightfully so!