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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tikkajazz94, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 13-14 week old RIR chickens and skinny what can I do to make them fat?

    They are eating normally!

    Please help!!!
     
  2. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been adding whole milk and yogurt
     
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Why do they need to be fat? Are you planning on eating them?

    Are they lively or listless?
    Are their feathers glossy or dull?

    Could they have mites / parasites?
     
  4. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am fating them up to eat some,
    What would mite look like?
    would they look like a black bug?
    and how to get rid of them?

    They are glossy and dull.
     
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Mites are very small. Look around the vent area (butt) to see if any are hiding in the feathers.

    Are their poops semi solid or runny and gross?

    What feed are you giving them?
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Juvenile birds are often long and lanky. I would not encourage ways to make them fat. If you're planning to eat some..sort them out and limit their ranging and feed them differently if you want to. But for ones you plan to keep as layers or pets, you do not want them fat. That can cause a whole lot of other problems as they grow out. As long as you're offering free choice poultry feed, they are growing quite normal, by the sounds of it.

    Jody
     
  7. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some of the chickens poop is runny and some is solid,
    Poultry grower, I mainly use mix feed and when they are out I use pullet if I need to,
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You won't ever get a RIR to plump up like a grocery store bird. Even if you grow them out to 20 weeks you will be disappointed at the thin breast and lack of meat.
     
  9. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks,
    Then how do some people fat them up?
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You don't. They are what they are. If you want meat birds raise broilers.
     

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