Hungry All the Time

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChicknsRock, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello. I recently bought a pair of leghorn bantams. The hen has a bottomless pit; she's always hungry! No matter how much or how often I feed her, she's always wanting more. She gets out of her pen and goes around stealing corn from other chickens and the feedshed. What do I do? Can anything be done?
    Thanks.
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have they been de wormed?
     
  3. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try it. It's something that should be done anyway especially if they are new to your flock.
     
  5. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay.
     
  6. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'm not the worming type (we don't have much for worms in this dry area), but that's what I first thought of, too, worms. She might be eating for herself and a few thousand little wigglers!

    There are several good worming threads. I don't recall what is recommended by most. I thought it was Valzaban (sp?). I think @casportpony has good knowledge and recommendation of worming medicine and dosages.

    Some chickens are just less thrifty with feed...they eat more for their weight that other chickens do, but this sounds like it is more than just that.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    First off.......exactly what and how are you feeding them??
     
  8. ChicknsRock

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    They get a breakfast in the morning with the other chickens of regular corn. Sometimes I give them another can in the evening.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You're feeding them canned corn??
    No wonder she's hungry!!

    Get a nutritionally balanced chicken feed and have it available 24/7.


    I like to feed a 'flock raiser' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and all molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat.

    Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

    The higher protein crumble offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer.
     
  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - also, even for birds on a good diet would seem to be starving whenever presented with a treat such as canned corn.
     

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