Obese chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by silkie-mom, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's the deal...
    I have 11 silkies that are spolied rotten. They are just pets, and will hopefully only leave me when they die of old age.

    I don't care if they never lay a single egg....I just love having them as my babies.

    I was looking at them the other day and wondered if they can get too fat. I feed them well and give them treats almost every day. They love bread and canned corn mostly. They are beautifully feathered and look so healthy and happy. They are about 5-6 months old now.
    Is it possible to get a chicken too fat?

    I even heat their coop at night so they don't get chilled. I know they aren't burning off body fat trying to stay warm.
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    If you feed a cow or a pig (or a people!) lots of bread and corn, they get fat. I imagine it would be the same for chickens.

    Bread and corn break down in to glucose. Glucose is sugar. Your chickens are sugar-junkies.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    At least they can still fly in Canada, right?
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  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    And they don't have to buy an extra seat [​IMG]
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Obese hens can develop medical issues caused by their obesity, just like humans.
    Obeses hens are also more prone to get egg bound. Even if you don't care about the eggs, they're going to lay them anyways.
     

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