Mixing actual fat in with chicken feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Johntodd, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. Johntodd

    Johntodd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I've been blessed by the gods and have a small abundance of leftover fat from cooking beef. LOL! :)

    I was thinking of mixing it in with some layer pellets or home-grown corn to make little balls and then feed it to my chickens. It's winter time cold here, perhaps they could use the extra calories?

    I have 1 White Rick roo and 2 RIR hens.

    Thanks!
    -Johntodd
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Not a good idea for the Chickens.....Great idea for Wild birds though....Mix it with Wild Bird seed...They are the ones who need the extra calories in the Winter........


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  3. Johntodd

    Johntodd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chooks seem to be off their regular feed right now. This is their first winter. I am concerned about them getting enough to fight the cold.

    Why is this fat thing a bad idea for chooks?
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    They do not need the added fat......Fat Hens do not produce great eggs.......A handful of scratch at night is all they need when the weather gets cold.........

    Not sure why your Birds are off their feed? Moulting?


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  5. Johntodd

    Johntodd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They finished the molt, although I do see a few new feathers. This is also my first winter with chooks. Are they still molting this late? It was 30F last night.

    THey have 3000 sq.ft to rummage through but aren't interested since the weather got cold. They seem healthy, just a sudden change of behavior. Maybe they're on drugs?
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Well, if your giving them more snacks other than the Feed? That could be the reason why?

    Did you change the Feed?

    You could add a grower feed for the extra protein.......I feed my Birds layer and grower mixed 50/50 ratio........


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