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Does anyone else out there have a broiler chicken to keep as a pet not food? I have a wb hen named Honey Bun and she is about 22 weeks old. She is not overweight because she is on a diet so she won't overeat. Any advice on when she will start laying eggs or if she even will lay any eggs? Please help!

The star of my flock is my white broiler hen Honey Bun, who is my loyal and spoiled housepet. She isn't overweight cause she is on a diet and its working so far.
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The star of my flock is my white broiler hen Honey Bun, who is my loyal and spoiled housepet. She isn't overweight cause she is on a diet and its working so far.
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post #2 of 31

if kept on a diet she may make it a year or longer, most don't survive past that. They make very sweet pets, just short lived. She should start to lay around 20 weeks.  They lay HUGE brown eggs.

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At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. JW
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At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. JW
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post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 

Ok thanks! Its sad that she won't live long though...
;( she is a beloved pet and about everyone in my small town
Knows about her, so they won't be happy about the short
Life span

The star of my flock is my white broiler hen Honey Bun, who is my loyal and spoiled housepet. She isn't overweight cause she is on a diet and its working so far.
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The star of my flock is my white broiler hen Honey Bun, who is my loyal and spoiled housepet. She isn't overweight cause she is on a diet and its working so far.
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post #4 of 31

everything has it's own natural life span, you can't change the order of things - but you can rejoice and enjoy their presence while they are here. . . .except for the fox I refuse to rejoice in his life span!

these were my fat girls, two CX hens who laid eggs and came running for treats - they made it to 20 lbs 18 months, on restricted diet of course.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19992_cornish_cross004.jpg


Edited by KatyTheChickenLady - 6/16/11 at 9:24am
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. JW
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Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. JW
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post #5 of 31

I have 50 Meaties almost ready for Freezer Camp.  I don't understand how anyone can become attached to these things.  No personality at all compared to our Ladies!  All they do is eat, sleep and poop.  They are bred for meat, only.  Why don't you get a puppy or something to fall in love with.  You will be very sad when this thing dies in a few months.  Don't mean to be harsh but..... really?

post #6 of 31

Ducken - I feel like it's going to be a bit of heartache to raise such a short-lived chicken as a pet, but it's entirely your decision to do so.  Kudos to you for doing research and trying to keep her as long as possible, being that is your choice.  I do hope you have other chickens that are getting the same love from you - who will be around for a longer amount of time so that you can hug them when your Honey Bun is gone.

Oh... edited to say:

welcome-byc


Edited by itsy - 6/16/11 at 9:29am
post #7 of 31

Mine were really sweet, and I thought about trying to l=keep a few of the pullets. Even free ranging and on a restricted diet my girls seemed pretty miserable. They had bald bellies from laying on them and when it was hot out they would just lay around panting. I felt bad for them, and since I had become attatched to them and couldn't process them I traded them for a few layers to someone that would. I figured I gave them the best life I could, and it wasn't fair to them to make them into something they weren't meant to be.

Seramas, call ducks, mandarin ducks. Pics on my fb farm page www.facebook.com/ittybittybantiebarn

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Seramas, call ducks, mandarin ducks. Pics on my fb farm page www.facebook.com/ittybittybantiebarn

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post #8 of 31

There was a thread on the forum quite a while ago about someone receiving two little chicks-for pet purposes-and finding out later they were meaties. They put them on some sort of special diet and grew to be fluffy, healthy, but still, big. lol They didn't seem to have any physical problems at that time and provided their owner with nice brown, speckled eggs. Big ones. I tried looking for the thread but I couldn't locate it...

Here's a thread full of a few inspiring stories.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=361840

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post #9 of 31
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Thanks Honey Bun has no physical problems she can walk just as good as any normal chicken and she is pretty happy even though she is on a diet, she loves going to the city parks to receive pets hugs and cuddles from the kids. She lives in a pen with her buddies they are a hen named Ossie and a roo named Soldier. Honey is more of a house pet, but I don't think its good for her to stay inside all day and not get any sunshine or fresh air

The star of my flock is my white broiler hen Honey Bun, who is my loyal and spoiled housepet. She isn't overweight cause she is on a diet and its working so far.
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The star of my flock is my white broiler hen Honey Bun, who is my loyal and spoiled housepet. She isn't overweight cause she is on a diet and its working so far.
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post #10 of 31

Chicken + Duck = Ducken! :

Thanks Honey Bun has no physical problems she can walk just as good as any normal chicken and she is pretty happy even though she is on a diet, she loves going to the city parks to receive pets hugs and cuddles from the kids. She lives in a pen with her buddies they are a hen named Ossie and a roo named Soldier. Honey is more of a house pet, but I don't think its good for her to stay inside all day and not get any sunshine or fresh air


Is he a big roo? Be careful, the extra added weight from him trying to do his thing might hurt her legs.

Seramas, call ducks, mandarin ducks. Pics on my fb farm page www.facebook.com/ittybittybantiebarn

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Seramas, call ducks, mandarin ducks. Pics on my fb farm page www.facebook.com/ittybittybantiebarn

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