trying to fatten them up

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenbottom, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    well my babies for the past week now get a good amount of feed and they free range from the time they wake up to the time they go to sleep is there something i can give them to gain some weight? they are healthy weights but i want them to have a bit more meat on them cause its getting colder. thank you in advance.

    p.s they are pets not food lol
     
  2. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot of people that show feed a lot of seeds to put weight on.
     
  3. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    like what kind of seeds? i was also thinking maybe a month or so of broiler feed? i dont want them to get heavy heavy just so they dont have hard times in the cold
     
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    If you want fat, try cracked corn. It's usually pretty cheap, and is used to fatten animals up before butchering.
     
  5. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    i want them to be like a healthy fat lol. there also molting so it would be good to add some weight for them then.
     
  6. The Tinman

    The Tinman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yogurt. They will love it. Also some boiled eggs too. You will notice as long as you bring them something, they will eat it even if they already have food in the feeder. Just make sure thier main diet consist of the starter feed.
     
  7. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been making them din din everynight to get some winter fat on them. I mix some eggs with corn,scramble that up cool it down a bit then sprinkle with wheat germ and yogurt. needless to say they RUN to me when they see me coming with the big red bowl... so spoiled these girls are. I like to give them something warm at night.Its getting down to the 30's here already..
     
  8. thasea

    thasea Out Of The Brooder

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    Wheres Hollister at? I am in between Ft. Myers and Lehigh Acres....

    I am trying to fatten my chickens up too. I introduced yogurt a few days back, and they LOVE it!
    Seeds - interesting. I would like to know about seeds as well. Sunflower seeds? Shell or no shell?
    What does the wheatgerm do? I definitely want to fatten up my girls...(they are NOT for meat) [​IMG]

    My flock gets feed as a base nutritional source and they free range in my yard all day (except in inclement weather). They love to eat the squash plants in my mini garden, which is okay by me, I believe that takes care of their greens, I'm not sure. I also give them cut up watermelon some times. My daughter grew the watermelon in her garden...
    I put crushed egg shells, oatmeal, shavings of carrots and green bean slices in their diet on occasion, should I do this all the time with the hens? Anyone have any advice to get the hens in shape for laying - they haven't started yet at all ....

    P.S. I also put garlic cloves in their water (We LOVE garlic!)....
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  9. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    Quote:hollister is between interlachen and palatka
    mine are a year to 4 years so mine are already laying hopefully someone can answer the rest of your question lol
     
  10. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    Quote:im not getting any eggs as of right now (molting) and are layers allowed to have starter?
     

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