boney chicken help

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ntprfctjst4gvn, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. ntprfctjst4gvn

    ntprfctjst4gvn New Egg

    Jan 29, 2014
    East Texas
    From a distance my Chickie's look great but once you pick them up they feel real boney. They are loose in the backyard so not in coop but not large area free range. We feed laying pellets & scratch. & they get in the goat feed too. I just bought diatemaceous (sp?) Earth & started that this week. Any suggestions for getting weight on them?
  2. kubota girl

    kubota girl Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2014
    try to feed them a little more every day and you can also try kitchen scraps just put a bag by the trash can and after supper have everyone put their scraps in it... the chickens will love you!! so easy! [​IMG]
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    How old are these birds and have they ever been dewormed? A heavy load of intestinal parasites will cause weight loss, general poor condition and eventually death. A healthy chicken won't need to be encouraged to eat more to keep weight on.
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    What breed and are they hatchery? A Leghorn will always feel Bone compared to a heritage Dual Purpose, let alone the CornishX you buy in the supermarket.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I agree, what birds are we talking here? I always advise someone who's concerned about their birds being too skinny to actually weigh the bird. Lots of folks don't know what a laying hen should feel like, and expect a big meaty breast like a grocery store chicken. Depending on breed, if your hatchery layer weighs 4 lbs I'd say you're good to go.

    Also, always take into account how the bird looks/acts in general. Are they alert, active, glossy feathers? Are you having disease or parasite issues persistently? How are they laying (if appropriate)? If you answer yes, no and well, then your birds are just fine. I believe birds have different bodies just like humans and other animals do, as long as you're healthy there is a range of weights you can be.

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