how often should i feed olive oil?

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how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by jillychick » 31 Oct 2013, 18:48

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I have been giving my ladies a dollop of olive oil on some mixed corn In the afternoons twice a week. I was wondering if it's ok to give them some every day as it is turning cold at night now and I thought it might help keep them warm. Would it do any harm?
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by Henwife » 31 Oct 2013, 19:09

I shouldn't think it would do any harm, though I'd be more inclined to use cod liver oil.
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Post by laffinfowl » 31 Oct 2013, 19:11

Certainly won,t do any harm,i prefer to use Cod Liver oil though and use it a couple of times a week when the weather gets colder,normally put a good splosh of it on some mixed grain and mix it with a few fistfuls of Flaked Maize thats been softened with boiling water and allowed to cool.

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Post by jillychick » 31 Oct 2013, 19:40

Omg I ment cod liver oil ! Was using olive oil to cook dinner with! a duh moment :oops: thanks anyway
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by subruss » 31 Oct 2013, 19:50

Will not do any harm but is a pointless exercise and an extra expense normal good quality food is all they need to keep warm no matter how cold it is ,Sorry :thumbright:

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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by jillychick » 31 Oct 2013, 20:14

Yes but my girls really like it and@ £2_50 a bottle from Tesco it's hardly breaking the bank. They are fed on garvo layers not the cheapest I could get but the nutrients are all there in garvo A little extra is a bonus which I can afford.
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by NannyP » 01 Nov 2013, 11:30

Remember that whilst Cod Liver Oil is good in small doses, it is fattening (just like any other fat) and may cause weight gain if used daily.
Twice a week as suggested seems more appropriate and check out the list of ingredients in your feed, as I am sure there is already oil added in most pellets.

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If this is what you're feeding, it is a complete food and already contains those Omega 3 fatty acids. Optimally balanced is great. Adding daily oil will unbalance what you're paying good money for and over weight chickens might get too heavy for their legs.

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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by son of eddy » 01 Nov 2013, 11:48

As for unbalancing diet well it depends on what you feed. As for weight gain, I really wouldn't worry about that, free range poultry will not get fat.

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Re: how often should i feed cod liver oil

Post by jillychick » 01 Nov 2013, 12:00

Ok thanks nanny p twice a week it is then was a bit concerned that it would make there droppings a bit runny if given every day. I'm not worried about them getting fat as they get plenty of exercise. Will add extra straw for the cold nights :thumbright:
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by amianne » 01 Nov 2013, 18:51

Hi
did you know chickens can die from Fatty Liver Disease, caused by too much high energy food or not enough exercise. My Orpington bantams now get rationed.. 1 teaspoon mixed corn at bedtime to help keep them warm through the night, makes me feel a bit mean.

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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by jillychick » 01 Nov 2013, 19:16

Know what you mean. I tend to be over generous with them but it's all a learning curve. Mine get plenty of exercise they are out from dawn till dusk every day the only time they sit still is to lay an egg :lol: the mixed corn is rashaned to a handful between 8 hens so I don't think that's to bad. They all look fit and healthy Will keep an eye on them thanks for the info.
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by drfish » 05 Nov 2013, 10:38

Just to add, they'd have to consume an awful lot of cod liver oil to make any difference to their weight. Don't think of it as fat as in lard, it's all good fats, and essential to just about every living animal. Omega fats make very little difference to weight gain in anything.

In bodybuilding, Omega fats are used to replace normal fats in order to lose weight faster. Go figure. :lol:
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by jillychick » 05 Nov 2013, 10:48

Dr fish your comments make sense I think 3 times a week will help keep them tip top thanks
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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by NannyP » 06 Nov 2013, 00:09

drfish wrote:
In bodybuilding, Omega fats are used to replace normal fats in order to lose weight faster. Go figure. :lol:
Send gallons over please :D

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Re: how often should i feed olive oil?

Post by drfish » 06 Nov 2013, 10:55

Start fly-fishing, that's where all the omega oil is :lol:
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