animal fats/suet?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dftkarin, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small flock and an uninsulated coop and the chicken lowest on the pecking order is quite a bit thinner than the other birds. I try to have feed in multiple plces so she has access and I sometimes lock her alone in the coop for a few minutes with a bowl of high protein mix (tuna, yogurt and layer pellets mixed with warm water) to give her extra access to the good stuff. She also isn't welcome to sleep with the other chickens - they stick together but she is always apart from them. Its been 0 at night and all the chickens are fine but I wish I could increase the fat on this chicken and I wonder if getting her some beef suet might be a good thing to try. I donlt want to feed her so much cracked corn that she doesn't eat enough pellets. Would suet be a healthy concentrated energy way to give her a boost right now when its so cold?
     
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  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    We give our birds the lard from the packing house during winter from time to time. And of course a handful of cracked corn most cold nights
     
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  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My hens love the blocks of wild bird suet and eat a lot when the temp drops...[​IMG]
     
  4. shannonb1

    shannonb1 Out Of The Brooder

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    so bird suet is okay to give chickens?

    gosh I learn alot whenever I'm on here.
     
  5. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when ever we have a cooked chicken, turkey, rabbit, etc. carcass that's left over after we've picked on it, I throw it out to the chickens and they clean it to a clean bone. Absolutely nothing left. I have also put bird suet out there. It's been amazing to me what chickens will eat. Their main diet, of course, is the laying crumbles, but it's always fun to throw other stuff out in the run from time to time.
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:Just a suggestion, but perhaps lock her in with another low ranking hen and see if they can be friends about eating together... Poor girl, I hate it when one chicken is pushed out like that.
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    That suet will be way healthier for her than extra corn. Suet will make her internal organs fatty while the suet will actually help her build healthy tissues and give her energy.
     
  8. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wait - which one will give her energy and help her build healthy tissue? And can youtell me why that is? Fat vs. Carbs? Is that why?
     
  9. wing it

    wing it Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    which one will give her energy and help her build healthy tissue?

    Essential fatty acids...as in animal based non-hydroginated fats.

    And can youtell me why that is? Fat vs. Carbs? Is that why?

    Yup. that's it.​
     

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