Overeating?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by seminolewind, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I let my month old chicks out in the run today, and they ran around eating bugs, sand, grass, etc, their crops were large. Will they overeat? Do they know when to stop? Karen
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    They know when to stop. Of course meat birds are an exception.
     
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    I suppose tis possible, but I never heard of it. Theyll quit when they are full. Good point about the meaties.
     
  4. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Are you saying a meat bird will over-eat? Will it damage itself (like a cow, a creature that will eat grain until it dies)? Interesting that layers/meaties could be so different.
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    It never ceases no amaze me how much my birds will eat.
    They will eat from morning to night and then BOK BOK for
    a snack.

    Todays menu:
    Layer Feed
    Free range everything
    The left over stuff from the soup pot - they picked the bones clean + devoured
    the celery and carrots
    Some scratch
    Some bird seed
    Left over spaghetti I didn't want to throw away
    Tons of Quaker oats (Their favorite treat)
    Rabbit pellets

    My Leghorn hens crops were as big as their little bodies.

    If I went out to the coop right now they would run back and forth
    expecting a snack.
     
  6. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    I dont know about killing itself, but Ive read that meat bred birds will not forage or go looking for food away from the feede. More like laziness...
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I was thinking of getting my debeaked BO some rabbit or alfalfa pellets since she is not able to pick grass. I think alfalfa is high in calcium as well.
     
  8. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

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    Dontcha all know? Chickens are pigs.
     
  9. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    How can you tell if their crops are full?
     
  10. ali

    ali Out Of The Brooder

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    WHAT ARE SOME MEAT BIRD BREEDS? JUST SO I CAN BE SURE I DON'T HAVE ANY. ARE WELSUMMERS AND BRAHMAS ON THE LIST, THEY SURE DO EAT ALOT!
     
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