Skinny Chickens??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by henloverinmaine, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. henloverinmaine

    henloverinmaine In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2008
    Downeast coastal Maine
    Maybe I worry to much abut my girls! I have 4 RIR's and a Buff Cochin roo. The girls seem thin to me. When I hold them I can feel their breast bone. They eat like pigs. They have access to laying feed all day, as well as roaming the yard for the stray bug, worm or whatever they can scratch up. They also get some scratch feed several times a week. Not to much, just enough to get them into the coop at the end of the day. Is it normal to feel the breast bone? I just figure they should be a bit more hefty considering the amount of food they eat!! What, if anything, am I doing wrong? Or should I stop worrying?
  2. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Songster

    Jun 16, 2007
    Stilwell, KS
    How old are they? You could take a stool specimen in to the vet to check for worms.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You should be able to feel a V/U of their keel, but not a Y if that makes any sense. Unless they are meat birds, they probably won't be like a _ over the keel like you would see on the birds that come in plastic wrap in the meat section.

    If they are acting healthy they are probably fine. You can always get a fecal done if you are worring that much.
  4. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    Really good laying hens don't have much meat on their bones because most of their food energy goes into making eggs. If they seem otherwise healthy, I wouldn't worry too much about it. My girls seem a little thin to me too, but they sure are vigorous! [​IMG]

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