How do you tell if your chickens are fat?

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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?
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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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.
 

SCOUT123

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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.
Yes, I feed an actual ration, but I also dote them with vegetables throughout the day
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oldhenlikesdogs

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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.
 

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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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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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