Fat chicken?

rosemarysugar

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Mar 1, 2018
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How do I know if my chicken is fat? I have an Orpington who is VERY fluffy and petite but I worry about her weight. She is the only one of my chickens that has a full feeling breast area. I can feel the Keel bone just fine. The other chickens have a bit of a protruding Keel bone and fairly skinny breast area. They've been checked for worms and are fine, just young and skinny. I do not see her at the food bowl excessively. They eat organic layer crumble free feed and occasionally get a little lettuce, watermelon etc... She's like a little puff ball and is the sweetest thing ever. Lol I'm hoping that it's an Orpington thing maybe.
 

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Orpingtons tend to chunk out more than most other breeds. Its not abnormal, nor do I think its unhealthy for them from what I've observed in my own.

I used to have one hen, Butters, who was the fattest little chick I'd ever seen. She was a little chunk from the very beginning. She got her name from the way she'd try to sun herself - she'd lay over on her side like any chicken, but then she'd keep slowly spreading out until her chunk had finally reached its point of equilibrium with gravity, like a melting wad of butter.
 

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