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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by redstar14, Aug 13, 2013.
Is it possible to overfeed your chicken?
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Yup, no problem! Also, I don't think you can over feed chickens. I give them as much as they will eat and they don't blow up.
You can, however, over feed them empty calories, scratch and other things of that nature. Chickens are given too much credit in being wise about their food. Addict them to junk food and they're about like kids and junk food.
If you provide a quality, balanced feed, no. They won't overeat.
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if you give them all manner of treats, they will decide they taste better and turn away from their nutritional feeds - just like kids and candy.
Another newbie here. According to whatever book I was reading at the time, Wyandottes have a tendency to over eat. Overweight chickens have issues just as overweight anything else. Problems grooming, laying eggs, additional stress on joints,bones & heart as well as a host of others. That being said, when it comes to predation, a chicken only needs to be be faster than it's slowest flock mate to avoid being dinner. Maybe that's the reason for the daily chicken races; to see who's the most likely candidate to be dinner when the fox comes a knockin. Right know I just wish these Wyandottes were large enough so they couldn't clear the fence to their pen.