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post #11 of 17
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If it is someone should tell the chickens.

When I used to let them run the yard in the evenings they would head for the tomatoes first thing. They would hit every ripe tomato in the garden given half a chance.

 

They never even attempted to eat a tomato leaf. Perhaps it is the leaves that are the bad part. Nightshade family and such.

post #12 of 17
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It has been a few days and she is about the same. Perky and willing to eat once she sees me putting the fermented feed down.

I am still letting her eat by herself and she is eating a decent amount. I have seen her in the run but looking like she was more hiding from the others then doing chicken things. I have a piece of plywood leaned up near the water dish and she will stand under that to catch some sun.

 

This all started after she started to molt. She is still getting feathers growing in.

post #13 of 17

From what I have read....keep up the great work....! During a moult it is so difficult to help a debilitated chicken....a lot of their energy goes into developing their new plumage...

 

While there is life there is hope...only consider giving up on her if she decides to give up for herself....bon courage!

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today the way you are.

 

"Maman" ( my Avatar ) RIP my beloved died 8th February 2014...my heart is broken

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A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today the way you are.

 

"Maman" ( my Avatar ) RIP my beloved died 8th February 2014...my heart is broken

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post #14 of 17
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She is still hanging in there. What a trooper! She eats the fermented feed well and seems to be perhaps a bit better. The vision is an issue for sure but she is coping well.

 

She must be seeing well enough to get to the water since she has not gone downhill any.

 

She is consuming about a half cup or so each time she is fed alone. Still active and not showing any signs of losing energy so I will keep doing what I can for her.

post #15 of 17
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The little hen is doing better it seems. She is hitting the center of the food with purpose now like that is where she is aiming. She seems to be gaining a bit of weight back and the feathers are almost all done coming in.

I can see when I feed her then go back out to let the others back in that her crop is full.

Still very active and the comb is getting redder now too. Perhaps she is over the worst of the issues for now.

post #16 of 17

:thumbsup

post #17 of 17

That's great!

...what you know for sure that just ain't so...--Mark Twain;  is what harms future generations.--me
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...what you know for sure that just ain't so...--Mark Twain;  is what harms future generations.--me
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