What Can I Feed That Will Fatten Them Up

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Diamante, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Diamante

    Diamante Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of our chickens seem kind of on the thin side and I was wondering what I could mix with there feed to fatten them up some?
    Thanks Lisa
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    What & how much are you feeding?
     
  3. Diamante

    Diamante Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We feed layer food from TSC. When they run out of food in the contianers they get more so who knows how much they really get.
     
  4. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:IMO they should never run out of feed. Use large self filling feeders. Having premium fresh feed available 24x7 makes it so not only the alfa birds get the "best stuff"

    You want to fatten these birds for what reason? Eating? OR just think some of the layers are a bit thin? If you just have a couple of layers that are just a little thin, maybe give them some leftovers like pasta as a treat. Be sure they do not have worms.
    ON
     
  5. The Tinman

    The Tinman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make them eat more. Even if my girls have food and water I will add alittle bit more or even just play with it and they will come running over and eat and drink. Also feed them lots of treats.
     
  6. Diamante

    Diamante Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They dont run out of feed, they just get to were the bowls are 1/2 to 3/4 empty. Sorry i should have been a little more clear on that. They arent all thin i just think they should be a little fatter. They arent for eating, just pets and show birds. I think it may be from were some of them went broody and didnt want to get up and eat as much, we had to make them get up, and they just never fattened back up much.
    Lisa
     
  7. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    have you ever dewormed them?
     
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  8. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Birds don't eat at night. Check the protein percent and see if it is low. My layer has 16 percent and they free range I give them fresh food once a day.
     
  9. The Tinman

    The Tinman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Biscuits and gravy. Worked on me![​IMG]
     
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why do you want them fat? Unless you're raising them for meat--in which case poultry finisher should do the job--they don't need to be plump. My best layers are usually a little on the "thin" side and the only time they plump up is if they are going broody. As long as there is food in front of them 24/7 they should be getting enough. BTW, check the "overeating" thread.
     

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