What is normal for a 6 month old pullet as far as weight?

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  1. Paully3

    Paully3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have several young pullets of different breeds and they eat fine and are very active, but I have noticed that when holding them, I can clearly feel their breast bone. I have read that this is a bad thing and I was wondering if it is normal at this age, that maybe they just haven't filled out yet? Several are showing interest in the nesting boxes and 1 has laid a cute little pullet egg the last three days.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Different breeds weight different amounts. Small breeds may weigh 4 -5 lb and larger breeds may average 6, 7, 8 lbs for hens and more for roosters. They need at least 16 % protein in the diet of a well balanced layer or all flock feed. I feed a 20% all flock with crushed oyster shell for their free choice of extra calcium. Worms, coccidiosis, and other problems can affect their weight.
     
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    We feed a 16% layer crumble with free choice calcium and grit scattered through the pen.  We also supplement with mealworms and are going to be doing fodder soon.  I was wondering if it is normal for chickens that are still growing to be slim, not filled out yet...Also...we have a quarantine coop that had a bird that tested positive for worms so the vet gave us enough Panacur to do our entire flock. So everyone has been wormed 1 week ago.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I have no idea how accurate this is:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps046

    Table 2.
    Example of target body weights during the rearing of replacement pullets.
    Age
    (weeks)

    Body weight
    (Pounds)

    (Grams)
    1

    0.14

    65
    2

    0.24

    110
    3

    0.40

    180
    4

    0.55

    250
    5

    0.71

    320
    6

    0.88

    400
    7

    1.10

    500
    8

    1.28

    580
    9

    1.50

    680
    10

    1.70

    770
    11

    1.92

    870
    12

    2.09

    950
    13

    2.27

    1030
    14

    2.43

    1100
    15

    2.56

    1160
    16

    2.67

    1210
    17

    2.76

    1250
    18

    2.82

    1280
    19

    2.89

    1310
    20

    3.00

    1360
     

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