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chickens not gaining weight

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cbeaman66, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. cbeaman66

    cbeaman66 Hatching

    Apr 7, 2011
    I feed my chickens daily they eat all the time when i pick them up they feel boney and no weight.What do i need to do

  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Songster

    Dec 10, 2009
    Central PA
    Hi cbeaman66. Please tell us how old your birds are and what you are feeding them. To make sure they are getting the proper nutrition, you should feed them a well balanced feed appropriate for their age. Otherwise they may not develop properly and be underweight.
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Also, what breed and purpose. Laying hens, for example, never are very "plump" as compared to the meat birds you may be familiar with. They generally have a little bit of meat in the legs and thighs, but the breast especially will feel like skin and bones compared to what you would find in a Cornish Cross meat bird.
  4. cbeaman66

    cbeaman66 Hatching

    Apr 7, 2011
    Im feeding them purina layena pellets and scratch corn and they are americanas and large cochins
  5. gamechickens

    gamechickens Chirping

    Jul 6, 2010
    please some one answer this my cochins are doing the same thing!
  6. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    ok here is some questions for you...

    how old are they

    how much do you feed them

    have you tried other foods

    do you give them treats

    are they wormy or have you wormed them

    if there young then they will fill out in time, if there wormy they will loose weight, if the food is old they will not eat it or it is not nutritios as foods do loose nutrition over time left out/

    are they eating to much scratch? I would stop the scratch and keep feeding pellets, try some yogurt and veggies but mainly feed them there feed.

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