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    • CommentAuthorsexinthecity
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 3:27pm (Jun 6th 2010)
     
    We have 6 hens for the first time. They are now about 36 -33 weeks old. We have a mix of types. Suffolks, Blue Haze, Road Island. We let them roam during the day in a part of the garden we have allocated to them which includes some larges bushes abda copule of small trees.It did have grass and some ground cover, but that well gone now! The birds still seem skinny. We have been feeding them on layers mash, plus pellets, supplemented with fresh veg, rice and pasta ( rice and pasta the love!). Should be be giving them anything else to build them up. We don't want fat hens that dont lay. But we want to be sure they are healthy. They are all laying daily. We seem to be getting quite a few double yokers too!

    Any help to a couple of novices would bbe helpful.

    Thanks
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 8:17pm (Jun 6th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. As they are still quite young they won't be as big as they will be as 'proper' adults yet. Milly was always quite scrawny until she was a year or so old, and Penny still is quite a thin chicken!

    You can offer them grit but, as they are free-range, that isn't strictly necessary as they will find it themselves whilst foraging :smile:

    Sounds like you are providing them with all they need, and extra treats as well!

    Have you wormed them yet? If not, you can always worm them as a precaution (we use Flubenvet), but otherwise I'd say you have nothing to worry about, and keep doing what you're doing!

    Good luck, and :welcome: to the forum!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:17pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    My Babs is a couple of years old now and she is skinny and i wonder some times how she lays such big eggs but she has been the best Hen i have had so far.