I have a 7 year old EE, Emma, (which some of you may know about) and she is the alpha hen of the flock. She also does not lay eggs. The problem is, she is very overweight. I haven't weighed her with a scale, but she is the same height as all my other chickens and much heavier, she also runs in a galloping motion. (slightly side-to-side) I got her to lose a little weight, but since she is the alpha hen, all the others volintarily leave her the best and the most delicious treats, like rice, bread, milk, etc. Some of the other chickens are a little skinny, so I dump treats in there for them. I have considered separating her but she will go bonkers (eg. runnning back and forth, rubbing her comb until it bleeds) if seperated even just by a fence.
So my question is: Have you ever had a chicken that needed to loose weight? did she eventually get back to normal weight? thanks!