Chicken Fat

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by backinthecoop45, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. Hi,
    Our chickens are about 14 weeks old now and they are still skinny & flat looking. Shouldn't they be shiny fat & fluffy by now and if not when do they start? They have their regular feed and then lots of veggies & fruits scraps & such. We also let them free range for about an hour before bed time. That's about the only time we can. We also give them some mealworms once in a while. I'd think with all of that food & treat at their disposal they would definitely be fat by now.
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Only Cornishx broilers should be fat! Your birds may be getting too many goodies, unbalancing their diet. What breeds do you have? Chicks that age generally are at the lean adolescent stage rather than bulky. Mary
  3. Hi. Thank you. I don't think I give them to may treats really. Let's see..... I sprinkle a few dried mealworms on the ground for them once every few days, the same with watermelon, strawberries, apples & unsalted peanuts. They mostly free range then I have the Omega three infused organic pellets in their feeder along with fresh water daily mixed with the electrolytes & probiotics solution once in a while but mainly when it's over 90 degrees & oppressively humid like it has been here the past few weeks. :( The breeds that I have are RIR, Ostralorp, Orpington & Ameraucana. Thinking of adding a Black Copper Maran & an Easter Egger soon.

  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    The breeds you mention should still be pretty scrawny at 14 weeks. Nothing to worry about in my opinion.
  5. Ok. Thank you. I really was getting nervous about it.

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