Why are my hens so chunky?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Krah24, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Krah24

    Krah24 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this okay?
    I mean they appear perfectly healthy to me and I always get compliments on how beautiful they are from friends but I've been looking at pics on here of other silver Wyandottes that look smaller than mine..
    My other hen is a sliver laced Cochin.
    They are free range chickens but I also occasionally feed them scrap.
    They get into my tomatoes a lot..
    And we also feed them a little cracked corn but not a lot.
    I wasn't sure if I wanted to feed them corn because I have heard that it isn't good for them but my hubby insisted that they need it.
    Am I wrong or is this why they're so big?
    Is it okay that they are?

    Is it like with cows? Grass fed are more lean and corn fed are more fatty?

    I'm not raising them to eat them-just for their eggs. So I'm not sure if it really matters.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If they are free-ranging all day and are laying well I would not worry about it. They're just healthy. Keep the cracked corn to no more than half a hand full per bird in the morning. Otherwise they are the way they are supposed to be.
     
  3. Krah24

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    If they are free-ranging all day and are laying well I would not worry about it. They're just healthy. Keep the cracked corn to no more than half a hand full per bird in the morning. Otherwise they are the way they are supposed to be.[/quot

    They are indeed free ranging all day.
    They are only in their coop at night and when laying. Only one actually lays in the coop. The other likes to lay under my tomato plants.
     
  4. Krah24

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    The one that lays under the tomato plants sometimes lays in the blackberry bushes and other random places.
    She doesn't seem to lay everyday but its hard to tell since she usually hides her eggs and sometimes she eats them..
    The other is currently broody but before she was broody she was laying everyday.
     

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