Good foods for weight gain

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bossom-hen, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Bossom-hen

    Bossom-hen Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 31, 2013
    England, UK
    I have had a thin hen recently who is now gaining weight but without special dietary help I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have made it. I tried lots of foods but these are the ones I found most effective/popular with this chicken:

    Suet pellets with insects - designed for wild birds these are very energy dense and apparently delicious even to a sick hen. I softened them by adding them to warm moist layers mash.
    Sunflower seeds - I used black whole seeds to begin with but switched to sunflower hearts as I felt that as the husk would not be digested they occupied precious space in her crop.
    Scrambled egg - Oddly seemed very appealing when she was off her other foods but started to reject it as soon as she felt a little better.
    Meal worms - I used the dry ones. She didn't want these when she was feeling very unwell but as soon as her appetite started to return she couldn't get enough of them.

    The suet pellets really were the big hit, at one point it was all she would eat. Maybe others would like to list some other foods they have had success with.
  2. Shalom Farm

    Shalom Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    I had a similar problem with my 8 year old hen. I used:

    Suet with corn or berries
    Drippings or rendered fat (semi liquids and solids)
    Flax seed
    Ground beef kidney or beef heart (with the fat still on)
    peas (cooked or dried crushed)
    Hard boiled eggs, particularly the yolk or lightly fried in in butter
    Raw unfilted with mother ACV has helped her as well
    Plain yoghurt (not any reduced fat or made from scratch with whole milk)


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