Normal weight for rock hens?

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  1. HSJ07

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    My chicks are 6 weeks old today. It amazes me how they grow over night. This morning Maggie(in the picture on my head)looks like she doubled in size overnight. Several others as well. I think it is time to cut back on snacks. They are free in their run all day now. When they are older they will have a fenced in acre they can forage in all day. I am so happy that we made six weeks and they all survived. Every chicken owner I know is surprised as they all say it is normal to lose 1 or 2 chicks before they reach 3 weeks old.
     

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    That's really not true. I raised hundreds of chicks and rarely lost any if they made it to hatch. What it is though, is a testament to your care of them.

    Yep, they change a lot in the first few months. But they don't reach full potential until they're closer to a year old. I had some change more even older than that.
     
  4. Poultry Judge

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    A few months ago she was football shaped, now she is just round.
     
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    I wonder what it is with their genetics that give them such ravenous appetites.
     
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    I don't know. The Golden Comet is a sex link . They are supposed to be great foragers. In fact all mine are. She is also super friendly. Sat in my lap 30 minutes this morning while I rubbed under her neck. She slept like a baby. She was so loving from just about a week old.
     
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  8. Poultry Judge

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    Well think about how they have been bred to grow so quickly. The short meat bird cycle amazes me.
     
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    You have a point. I've stayed so far away from getting involved in meat birds I never learned much about them other than they die young.
     
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    I only have one and everything around here winds up being a pet.
     
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    That's why I stayed away from them. It was/is the same way with me.
     
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    The seven chickens at the Henry Hen House will be food for NOBODY! When they can no longer lay eggs, they will be family pets for the rest of their lives.
     
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    My oldest lived to be 14. Bantams seem to be the longest lived. As you can tell that's what mine were.
     
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    The Henry Hen House gets a top to bottom cleaning 2x per week. I was told 2x per month was fine but I can’t take it. 2x a week is my choice. Am I being to clean with them?
     
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    If you're not going to be using shavings then no. You really need to put a good layer of shavings down for them. It will keep things cleaner and dryer. It will also keep them warmer in Winter.
     
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    shavings or straw? Mine are roosting now so should I put the shavings/straw under the roost?
     
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    Shavings and cover the whole floor.
     
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