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Fattening up the Flock

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Buckguy20, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    What is the best feed for putting weight on chickens and the fastest way to do so. I am going to sell some older hens and need to put some weight on them.
     
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    you don't need to fatten them up for me [​IMG] as soon as I get my coops built I would like to get a few more pr's from you buckguy !
     
  3. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    Ok That will be fine. I wasn't talking about the PRs necessarily. I have some older others that I plan to sell. Let know if and when you want some.
    Monty
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, corn would fatten them up, but that wouldn't make them healthier. They are probably just fine as they are. If they aren't shiny enough, a few weeks on high protein feed or game bird starter should add a good polish to them. :p
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If the hens are scrawny and need weight on them you need to start feeding them all more feed and/or a better feed. Give them some game bird feed and some cracked corn. It won't be a fast weight gain though. It takes time to get birds back up to proper weight and condition.
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I always add alittle calf manna supplement to their diets.....
     
  7. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    Stupid question...Calf manna? Like calf pellets or COB (4 way, corn oats barley)...
     
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Calf manna...is a nutritional supplement...has a high protein 25%....can be fed to horses, cattle, swine, goats, rabbits and poultry...I just throw a handful out every so often to up their protein level....

    Mine I get at Tractor Supply in a 10# bag, its made by Manna Pro and cost it 11.99...goes a long way with 2 doz. hens and roos....
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2008
  9. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    Oh, ok! We have a steer, but he gets 4 way and calf creep and hay.
     
  10. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    I swear I learn something new about chickens (and well alot of other things sometimes too, lol!!) everyday!! Not having been around any chickens but my own Silkie, I never thought about the shiny factor meaning they are healthy, mine are glossy so I guess they are but I just took for granted that they would ALL be shiny like that!! Duh, for me!! Glad I read this post, I'm gettin soooooo chicken smart, hahaha!!!!!
     

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