Could my chickens be too fat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ziggywiggy, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently butchered one of my roosters and was blown away by how much fat was in him. His quizzard was covered in fat and his abdomen had a solid chunk about 1/4" thick and as large as my hand.
    I'd be happy if I were raising them to eat but, that is not my goal now.
    I'm feeding them Flock Raiser-20% protien. Should I be concerned, or as my wife suggests, do they put on excess fat during the winter? Can chickens get too fat?
     
  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are they free range?
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Fat like that usually comes from a lot of corn. Are they also getting a lot of scratch?
     
  4. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Three hours a day but, there's not that much to eat free range now.
     
  5. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not really. A 50lb bag of scratch lasts 4 turkeys, 2 guineas and 18 chickens over a month. I just feed it more as a treat than anything. Of course, the roosters do seem to eat more than everyone else.
     
  6. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe your just giving them a little to much of everything
     
  7. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Maybe. But some people provide food 24 seven. I know what you're saying. I do give them table scraps. For some reason I thought they knew when to stop.
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Corn causes them to eat more than they need while storing body fat around the internal organs.
     
  9. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One fat boy may not be a trend. I have one porker girl.
     
  10. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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    Quote:I agree. We butchered 22 roosters this summer. One was full of fat, but he was the only one. In addition, he did not look overweight whatsoever (alive or plucked). His gizzard was covered in a thick layer of fat (probably similar to what you saw) and he had lots of fat around all of his organs. We figured that either he was eating well (though normal weight?) or maybe just genetically predisposed to being fatty. [​IMG] What breed was he?
     

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