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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by judebud, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. judebud

    judebud New Egg

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    Hi,I have a small mixed flock of plymouth rocks, Old english game bantams and 1 large rescued meat hen. My problem is that my hungry meat hen would eat all day if I let her[​IMG] and so my other hens tend to get underfed abit. I was thinking of putting scratch in the 5 gallon feeder and hope that miss 'always hungry' would spend most of her time there.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Meat breeds - eat almost constantly and grow very fast, so they can be processed (slaughtered) at a young age. Their rapid growth overtaxes their limbs and organs. If not processed early they seldom live much longer.

    You can put another feed dish where she won't notice it, or partition her off from the other birds, so they can eat also.
     
  4. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Drumstick diva is right about meat birds...they are meant to be processed at a young age (I'm thinking around 8 wks old?). If you just sit her down in front of 5 pounds of corn, she'll probably eat herself to death. If you don't want her as a meatie, maybe you could trade with someone that has too many egg layers?
     
  5. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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  7. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    X 2 - unfortunately "rescuing" meat birds is seldom really rescuing them, in an ironic turn it is often loving them to death in a way more undesirable than the quick, clean death of being processed.
     
  8. Frankm

    Frankm Out Of The Brooder

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