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!

Fat Hen

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by talexbrock, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. talexbrock

    talexbrock New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 26, 2008
    Hi, I have a small flock of 8 free range (well, in my backyard) hens and have recently become concerned about my Buff Orpington's weight. She's HUGE! She has a soft, squishy handful of FAT? on her abdomen between her legs and I'm not sure if shes laying eggs at this point. I feed the girls Countryside Natural Soy Free Layer feed and throw out some scratch (Wheat, Oats, Cracked Corn) most days. They pretty much ignor the layer feed in favor of the scratch and free ranging but I'll see one eating it occasionally.

    I know being this overweight is not good for her and my question is how do I put just one chicken in a flock on a diet? If I need to isolate her to put her on a diet, what and how much should I feed her and how fast can she safely loose the weight? How is it that she's so fat while everyone elses weight is OK - could it be a disease?

    Thanks for your insight :eek:)
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2009
  2. swampwander

    swampwander Chillin' With My Peeps

    121
    1
    111
    Oct 1, 2008
    Mims, Fl
    I don't know about your hen, but when my chunky BO's run across the yard, it looks like one of scenes from Chicken Run. And, mine free range across the 1/2 acre all day. Maybe someone else can give you some advice. The biggest question will be if she is acting normal - laying, feeding, water and dustbathing.
     
  3. talexbrock

    talexbrock New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 26, 2008
    Shes definitely eating, drinking, and sun/dustbathing. I'm not sure about egg laying - I've seen her in the nest box once or twice, but have never caught her red handed.
     
  4. cluckychick

    cluckychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    BO's are one of the largest heavy layer chickens. I have 3 and they far outrank my BA's and RiR's in size and weight but yet are very docile. [​IMG]
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,119
    17
    201
    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:Time to get them off the scratch?

    Steve
     
  6. talexbrock

    talexbrock New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Sep 26, 2008
    OK, I weighed her this morning and she turns out to be 8 lbs (I was sure she'd weigh more - she looks like a little turkey!). Should I be concerned about the squishy belly hanging down between her legs and her lumbering walk? All the rest of the girls (med and heavy breeds - SL Wyandotte, Australorp, Maran, Welsummer, Americana) have a MUCH more modest belly and are all actively laying.

    If this is normal for a Buff Orpington, I think I'll change her name to Butters [​IMG]

    Stefanie
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2009

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by