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Molting and drinking but not wanting to eat!

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Help!!! I have a 15 month Easter Egger, who is molting (she's the only one in a flock of three hens) Over the last week, she has dropped some weight, still is drinking a lot, but has lost interest in food. She will eat some grapes, meal worms and regular yougurt. I've tried making a mash out of crumbles, oatmeal and scrambled eggs, but this morning she's not interested in that. And her poop, is just water today form what I say. I have added layer boost electrolytes to the water for about a week now, but I'm concerned she's progressively worse! I haven't tried force feeding her yet, but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

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I know it's natural to be alarmed when you see your already pathetic-looking chicken losing weight on top of everything else. But loss of appetite is part and parcel of molting.

 

I feel so sorry for my flock right now. They look awful, feel awful, are cranky, don't want to be handled and comforted, and they don't feel like eating. Some appear to even be shrinking, getting smaller right before my eyes.

 

It's all normal. But do keep watch. Their immune systems are lowered during this time, and they can be susceptible to all sorts of invaders.

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