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I give them a mix of Fancy Scratch and Egg Laying pellets (cant remember the name) and the are let out of the coop 3-6 hours a day. . . . . Is there something better to feed them? Today, when looking over a few, for other reasons. . . . ugh. . . .they are Very thin.  I am headed back to the feed store, so any ideas on a better feed ????? 

I jumped in Neck Deep!! Mother to 1 Pittie, 4 Pocket Bullies, 1 Frenchy, 1 Cat, 2 Lovebirds, 12 Bantam Hens, 3 Bantam Men, an 1 Turkey. . . . Not to mention 3 kids, an a BIGG-UN!!!!! 

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I jumped in Neck Deep!! Mother to 1 Pittie, 4 Pocket Bullies, 1 Frenchy, 1 Cat, 2 Lovebirds, 12 Bantam Hens, 3 Bantam Men, an 1 Turkey. . . . Not to mention 3 kids, an a BIGG-UN!!!!! 

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How old are they?  If they are adults, all they need is layer feed.  Leave out the scratch - except as an occasional treat.  I throw mine a handful once every few days when I think about it. 

 

If they are thin, you might look into parasites.  Perhaps they have worms or lice that are keeping them from putting on weight.

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Should I add supplemental heat?

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Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 50+ chickens, turkeys and muscovy ducks!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

A fox attack survival story

My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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post #3 of 4

Adult laying hens are much lighter than most folks think. We have the picture of a supermarket bird in mind, then we feel that breast bone on front and think our birds are too light. I'd weigh them and see how much they weigh. They might be right where they should be, your expectations might be off.

Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Rachel BB

 

"At the cross You beckon me, You draw me gently to my knees and I am lost for words, so lost in love I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered"

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Thank you both, I am treating for mites now, and I am going to worm, just cause. . . . .I will finish off the mix I have, then switch to just laying feed. They are all adults, I thought I was the best chicken Momma ever. . . . but I am not.  Thank you for all your feed back. It is always so helpful.

I jumped in Neck Deep!! Mother to 1 Pittie, 4 Pocket Bullies, 1 Frenchy, 1 Cat, 2 Lovebirds, 12 Bantam Hens, 3 Bantam Men, an 1 Turkey. . . . Not to mention 3 kids, an a BIGG-UN!!!!! 

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I jumped in Neck Deep!! Mother to 1 Pittie, 4 Pocket Bullies, 1 Frenchy, 1 Cat, 2 Lovebirds, 12 Bantam Hens, 3 Bantam Men, an 1 Turkey. . . . Not to mention 3 kids, an a BIGG-UN!!!!! 

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