High calorie treats?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MissClaraCluck, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. MissClaraCluck

    MissClaraCluck Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    My hens have become thinner since they started laying. Lately I have been giving them cheddar cheese as a treat to help them fatten up for the winter. Does anyone have any other suggestion for a high calorie treat/food?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Scrambled eggs from the store. Also Black Oil Sunflower seeds/birdseed (the millet is 11 percent protein and the sunflower seeds are 16%).

    Be sure to consider worms with weight loss. Any diarrhea? Some vets will do a fecal test for worms for a small fee.
  3. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    the South
    Normally, you don't see any great weight loss except when they are broody. I agree with chickensaresweet, I think you have something else going on: most likely some type of parasite: internal or external.

    I'd treat them for mites (every 3 weeks for a while), and the coop. I'd also give them a wormer: to much of any milk product will give them diarrhea.
  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    I found your post interesting. Assuming you want to feed your foods with high proteins + fats. Here is a National Chart for most grain and flour percentiles of each food you'll see values for 100 grams (meaning the number is a percentage) and values for one cup (which varies in weight), if available. Amounts are in grams. Foods are raw and dry, unless stated otherwise.


    Hope this may help

  5. MissClaraCluck

    MissClaraCluck Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    OK, thanks for the ideas. I think the main problem is that they free range during the day and don't visit their feeder enough. I thought the treats would help gain some weight quicker. I have problems with crows eating out of their feeder as well, so maybe they have picked up parasites from them? They don't have the runs though. I had one Buff Orpington who started laying 4 weeks before my other Buff Orpington. As soon as the plump late bloomer started laying she started to get as thin as the other one. I have a Golden Laced Wyandotte who just started laying and she is really hefty right now, so I'll see if she starts to thin out. I am thinking of buying one of those feeders that the lid opens when the hen steps on a platform. Do hens like those type of feeders and do they deter the crows at all? Thanks for your feedback! [​IMG]
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Quote:It takes a bit of training to get your chickens accustomed to using a treadle feeder. Once they learn, they don't seem to mind it at all; they know where all the food is kept and they can get to it at any time. I think it would be unlikely that a crow would learn to use a treadle feeder. Having said that, if any bird could learn to use it, crows would be at the top of the list. I guess a lot would depend on how much your local crows weigh and how much weight it takes to open the cover on your particular feeder. Here is a discussion of another auto-feeder that will keep wild birds away from your chicken feed: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=485925. I might also work to prevent crows from eating your food and is considerably cheaper. Good luck!
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    From your last post, it sounds like they only get thin once they start laying. Perhaps you should give them a higher protein food anyway. Like mix in chick starter since most layer food is only 15-16% protein and many have found that layers do better on closer to 18-20%. If you did this, you'd need to offer them oyster shell or crushed egg shell on the side.
  8. Chicken xto

    Chicken xto Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2014
    We got a treadle feeder to deter rats, and the rats ate right through the wooden feeder, so make sure and get the metal one......also, our hens never got the hang of it!

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