What breeds do you have? Are they for meat or eggs?I took pictures, but they’re pointless. All you can see is feathers. But they have a sharp breastbone. I mean you can clearly feel it when you pick them up underneath their legs.
In the days when I used to buy a chicken, to eat, there was muscle on either side of the breast bone. Now these were chickens raised for slaughter, so maybe they were different, genetically.
They have feed available to them at all times, and I am feeding scratch and peck grower. I have just started feeding them scrambled eggs, which they are ignoring. The only thing they really going nuts for is when I feed them fresh corn. They have plenty of grit, plenty of water. They are currently outside in their playpen.
You really can't compare them to grocery store broiler chicken -- those birds are genetically different, specially bred for huge breasts, and actually reach maturity in 6 weeks.In the days when I used to buy a chicken, to eat, there was muscle on either side of the breast bone. Now these were chickens raised for slaughter, so maybe they were different, genetically.
They don't look unhealthy. However it is recommended that growing chicks ages 1-8 weeks intended for egg laying need at least 20-22% protein. Any treats, especially corn, will dilute that amount. Pullets 9-18 weeks need 17-18% protein. Laying hens do tend to have thinner breasts though.Pictures are up; I’m not feeding them just corn, LOL, but it’s the only thing they go wild for.
They are English silver laced Orpingtons... and I am expecting them to be twice their current size. Eggs and company only.