I know many will say cull and perhaps it will come to that in the end.
I have an elderly leghorn that is more of a pet then producer. She has been dropping weight lately. I thought from molting. I was wrong.
I gave some tomatoes from the garden as a treat and discovered she cannot see well enough to eat properly. She pecks a couple inches past where the item is sitting. She ended up giving up and going inside away from the other hens and the treat.
I took her a 3 inch tomato just for her and closed the others out. She wanted it and tried for it but could not hit the target hard enough to break the tomato skin. I broke it open for her and placed it on the ground. She got a couple bites but then it rolled to close to her and she lost its location. I tried with a 5 inch tomato with the same result. I think for a hen a 5 inch target is pretty big.
I am wondering if I feed her alone twice a day if that will be enough or if I need to do a third feeding. I will give her high protein items in a wide dish so she has a huge target to hit. I am planning on feeding her alone so there is no competition.
Items I plan to add to some layer feed for her
canned cat food (not my first choice of course)
Other ideas are always welcome.
Yes if it comes down to that she just cannot eat I will cull her. No need to let her starve to death.