1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Can a pullet be too fat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by welovechickens, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    My SLW pullet (7mos old) seems very fat. She's the top chicken in the pecking order, and she has the habit of following the others around and getting in on whatever they start eating, and she usually ends up driving them away so she can have the food to herself.

    She has a very heavy, thick body. I can feel her breast bone, but it's not very noticeable. I can barely pick her up with both hands because her body is so large!

    Is this normal for an SLW? What should be the usual weight for a 7 month-old pullet? She is a good layer, and rarely misses a day giving us an egg. I can weigh her if anyone wants to know her exact weight.

    She's been having some yellow urates on her droppings (posted about that in the sick section) and I was worried that she might be developing a liver problem from being too fat.
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I think but don't hold me to it, if a hen is too fat it can decrease their egg production.
  3. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    It's funny you mention that, because she did not lay yesterday OR today, and that's unusual for her! I thought it was because we'd been having more cloudy days, and the daylight isn't as long now.

    Anyone have an idea what you do when you have one chubby chicken? Should I not give her treats like I usually do? I know she should have unlimited access to layer food and water, so I'm not going to restrict that. I can just let the other 2 out for a treat and leave Betty inside the chicken house until they're done, if it's necessary.

    I feed the 3 girls a handful of scratch each day (which Betty will drive the other 2 away from pretty quick if I don't stand over them the whole time they're eating) and usually some banana bits. We give random treats a few times a week (chopped grapes, watermelon, a few noodles, or whatever else seems appropriate for chickens. But not a huge amount of anything, really.)
  4. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    you can cut back on the treats if you want. Or leave her out. But if she's laying everyday, its fair to assume she's healthy. although ive also heard that overweight chickens dont lay properly.

    If you dont want to cut back on the treats, stick to healthy(ish) treats. Cracked corn and bread are supposed to be on the unhealthy fattening end of the scale, whereas greens are better for them.
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] Fat hens do not lay well.
  6. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2009
    Round Rock
    Betty laid today after a 2-day break. Woohoo! But I do think I'll cut back on her scratch treats....I'll give her more healthy veggies and some fruit. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the replies!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by