Up to size, and many other things.

delawaregirl09

Songster
10 Years
Aug 4, 2009
380
2
121
Between that stump and you
I guess I have two issues to discuss here.

My first one, is size. I have some birds from reputable breeders, and i swear they are 2/3 of the size they should be. LF Cochins are big hefty girls, right? Well, not mine. She is small in comparison to those I have seen, Maybe it comes with age? Idk.

But, I feed a 16-18% Protein feed from a good age to whenever I sell. As chicks, they eat teh typical chick starter. I do give them treats occasionally, but not every day. Am I skipping a step, or missing something that stunts their growth...? I have no idea if I sound stupid ro not, but I need to know why my girls aren't the right size. Two years ago, I had a B.O girl who was 2/3 the size of her sisters. I bought one B.O and he kept the rest at his farm, and when I went to pick up some eggs, I was amazed at the difference.

My other issue is feed waste. I raised to the feeder to above their backs, and then a little higher, but they still scratched fifteen pounds worth in the first day. I just don't know what to do! Should I limit the feed, only put a tray full in their each day? Any advice is welcome!
 

HEChicken

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 12, 2009
7,551
190
336
BuCo, KS
My Coop
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Sorry I don't know anything about cochins so I won't touch your first question, but on the feed, I found that switching to pellets made a huge difference in the amount of waste I had. I hung my feeder and switched to pellets. For the most part they don't bill much out but if they do, I just pull the feeder up out of their reach and wait for them to clean up before I lower it again. Tough love, ya know?
 

delawaregirl09

Songster
10 Years
Aug 4, 2009
380
2
121
Between that stump and you
Whoops, forgot to mention that I used pellets
I do raise the feeder out of their reach to clean up the mess, but no matter what I do... nothing changes, lol. Thank you very much, HEchicken.

Diva-- Thats a good question, they could need worming, but I worm my flock as much as the label says mostly, no change.
 
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ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
617
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
I put black rubber feed pans (wide ones) underneath my metal feeders. I sometimes don't even hang them up anymore- a lot of feed is caught in those pans. Granted, some does get billed out on the ground, but not much. I use the 12 lb metal feeder with the narrow lip. This doesn't work so well with the wider lip.

I also place a metal pan on top of the feeder to keep them from jumping inside the feeder if I don't hang it.

For my silkies now I use a plastic or metal pan within the wide rubber pan. They scratch some out into the rubber pan every day.

Mites and worms can cause weight loss and should be ruled out (as drumstick diva said). I never could find a mite on mine when I had an infestion, though.

Here is an older picture that shows what I mean:
 
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