How do you tell if your chickens are fat?

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  1. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two RIR's (not heritage) and one seems really skinny and the other.. bigger. I can feel both keel bones very well, but the other one's abdomen feels, well, sort of full. I give them a lot of vegetables and a handful of dry oatmeal every day. They're allowed to roam the whole yard, every day. How do you tell if a bird is fat?
     
  2. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Forgot to mention that both weigh around 6 pounds. They're 7 months old and they lay perfectly.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You usually tell by exactly what you did, feel the keep bone. If the abdomen feels full there could be something wrong with your hen, internal laying come to mind if she's not laying eggs, but is of production age. If she appears healthy than she most likely is fine. Do you feed an actual ration? Having a good quality one, free choice is the best way to make sure they are eating enough.
     
  4. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I feed an actual ration, but I also dote them with vegetables throughout the day [​IMG]
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    At 7 months old they aren't fully matured yet, some will continue to fill out until 2 years old. So expect them to feel a bit thin.
     
  6. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]they're not?? I thought they matured at six months!!
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They sexually mature at around 6 months, but they do grow more and fill out for a while yet. Most creatures sexually mature before they are full grown. The lighter breeds mature faster, the heavier breeds take a while.
     
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    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! My hens don't sound fat, right....? [​IMG]
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    no, keel bone is your best way of telling.
     
  10. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kinda hard to keep weight on growing chickens. That's just the nature of the beast. Just keep free feed out so they can take a bite when they want.
     

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