Feed to gain weight fast

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mavrik, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a layer hen that I just notice has no breast muscles, all I feel is bones. She is just recovering from an impacted crop, which seems now has been going on for months. Beside layer feed, which she is currently refusing to eat. What can I feed her to gain weight fast?
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Scrambled egg-

    I bet there's other stuff to but That works for me.
     
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Feed here a mixture of cornmeal and bread soaked in milk. Should be pasty not runny and feed her about a 1/3 of a cup twice a day on top of her regular feed.

    Chris
     
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    Gamebird feed is high protein, meal worms or crickets plus B vitamins to stimulate appetite. Does she have access to gravel?
     
  5. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people feed dog food to get quicker weight gain.
     
  6. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    Maybe she needs Apple cider vinegar to normalize the crop ph.
     
  7. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens do their best when they have vinegar in their water so that will probably help. They also get all the garlic they will eat. The garlic really pepped my cat-mauled hen up.
     
  8. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the input.
    After some research, she needs carbs (gain weight) and protein (build muscle), for the most 'bang for the buck' millet and beef is one answer. Unlike corn that needs crushing first and has sharp edges and may cause crop blockage, millet is small and round, so it can easily pass the crop. The plus side, she really likes millet.

    Here is some nutrient levels of things I looked into.
    millet
    80% 9% 11%
    Carbs Fats Protein

    corn
    88% 4% 8%
    Carbs Fats Protein

    chicken
    0% 52% 48%
    Carbs Fats Protein

    peanuts
    15% 71% 14%
    Carbs Fats Protein

    A little cooked hamburger with the oil squeezed out in paper towels, bugs are high in protein. (my crew free ranges)
    Beef
    0% 26% 74%
    Carbs Fats Protein

    Eggs have a high fat content.
    whole eggs
    5% 66% 29%
    Carbs Fats Protein
     

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