What to feed show birds? Does Nyjer seed fatten them up?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by leepshin, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. leepshin

    leepshin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone, [​IMG]
    I have heard that Nyjer seed is suppose to be good to fatten up chickens for a show. I was just wondering if anyone here feeds it to their show birds.
    Also, if anyone could tell me what they feed there show birds I would appreciate it.[​IMG]
     
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:What breed are you working with?
    Most if not all of my bird wont eat Nyjer seed. (the seed is to small)

    Have you wormed and deloused them recently, if so with what and what type of feed are they on?

    Chris
     
  3. leepshin

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    I am showing my Silkies. No, I haven't wormed or deloused them recently.
    They are just eating crumbled layer pellets and hen scratch.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:I would worm and delouse them then see what that does.

    Chris
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I don't show my birds but I do like to make them a mash that is good for their skin and feathers.
    Corn is not good for Silkies, they need more Vit E, too.
    So get some wheat bran, barley flakes, rolled oats, flax meal, crushed hulled sunflower seeds and wheat germ oil with Vit E. I add just enough WGO to make it all stick together and roll it into balls. I offer that every morning first thing when they are hungry and they gobble it down. It really makes a Silkie look top notch.
    But as previous poster suggested, you first need to deworm and make sure all external and internal parasites are gone.
     
  6. chicken_noob

    chicken_noob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never shown a bird but want to. Thinking of buying some show chickens to have a good starting point for breeding. When he asked what food to fees them, you asked about worming and delouse them 1st. Is there a food that helps with this that you feed before mixing a show food. Im a bit confused here so please excuse me. Thanks for your info.
     
  7. Chris09

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    Quote:If a chicken has a louse or worm problem they will tend to be thin and under weight so wile feeding chicken you are know feeding the parasites.
    If you get rid of the parasites then your birds might just start gaining there weight back on there own and with no change to there diet.

    If you treat for the parasites and still have a weight problem then you go to the feed. I would try adding some protein to there feed in the form of a Game bird feed as a top dress over there normal feed.

    You can also offer a little Soaked Oats as a treat. The Soaked Oats will help with feather condition and weigh.

    Is there a food that helps with this that you feed before mixing a show food

    There is no poultry feed with a wormer in it you will have to worm the by giving them a good wormer like; Piperzine 34 Liquid, Wormazole, Ivomec, Levamisole, Wazine, or Fenbendazole
    As for delousing a good poultry dust like, Prozap Garden / Poultry Dust or good old Seven Dust will work.

    Chris​
     
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  8. leepshin

    leepshin Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I would worm and delouse them then see what that does.

    Chris

    Thanks, what kind of wormer do you use?
     
  9. leepshin

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    Quote:Should I stop feeding my Silkies hen scratch then? After I worm them I'll give them the balls to see how they like it.[​IMG]
     
  10. Chris09

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    Quote:I use mostly Ivermec but I will from time to time use a product called Breco Enzum put out by Dr. Blues or Trifen Plus that is a mixture of Ivomec and Febendazole.

    Chris
     
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