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Too fat = no eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by punkin, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. punkin

    punkin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dad came up for supper tonight. I was telling him about what my chickens had to eat today (tuna salad, mashed banana, greens). He said that if they get too fat they won't lay. Is that true? [​IMG]

    My chickens aren't what I would call "fat". They are very healthy and robust. [​IMG]
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    There are 5 stages of fat. Your hens are "fluffy".

    This guy cracks DBF up every time. He's "fluffy", too.
     
  3. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your dad's right.
     
  4. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:explain.
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've always heard that fat hens have a hard time laying ...
     
  6. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just like fat dogs have a hard time getting pregnant/whelping puppies, just like fat people often have fertility problems and problems during pregnancy and birth, a fat chicken often has serious egg production issues. It's unhealthy and screws up the body's normal function for any animal to be over it's normal weight.
     
  7. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now how do you tell what a fat chicken looks like? John
     
  8. Rogue_Woman

    Rogue_Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! Good question! Guess you gotta squeeze it. [​IMG]
     

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