Too large?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PAchickengirl, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. PAchickengirl

    PAchickengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my GLW seems much bigger than the others. I never realized how much bigger until today, when I picked her up. (She's not my most friendly hen, hence the reason it's been a while since I picked her up!) She seems to be "in charge" , so I am wondering if she eats the most. I feed them layer crumbles, some scratch, and about a cup full of sunflower seeds a day. Once in a while a little leftover corn, rice or mashed potatoes from dinner, though never more more than a cup or two. I have 8 hens that were born in mid May. They usually get to free range at least an hour a day, more if the weather is good. I keep reading its not good for a hen to be fat, so I was concerned. The other hens aren't as big as she is. Is there anything I should/shouldn't be doing?

    P.S. none of them are laying yet......
     
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  2. americanvalkyrie

    americanvalkyrie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds to me like natural selection. If you're offering them the right feed, I wouldn't worry too much about one being bigger and more "in charge." My queen hen is the biggest one, as well. She's a different breed than the others and that factors into it. But the boss of the henhouse is for sure not going to be the silkie!

    P.S... That's her
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  3. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    My top girl is also the biggest. She probably weighs a pound more than her sister BO.
     
  4. PAchickengirl

    PAchickengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I knew she definitely looked bigger, but was surprised how much heavier she actually felt when I picked her up. If I can get a good picture tomorrow, I'll post one.
     

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