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What's wrong with my skinny chicken?

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I have two brown leghorn chickens.  One seems very healthy and normal but the other  began to lose feathers and has recentlybecome very skinny.  She is not as active lately either.  I though she was molting and left it alone, but I am starting to suspect worms maybe.  All the chickens have clean vent areas.  I use D.E. in food and coop and have used Wazzine once before.What is the best worming method?  Are there other symptons i should look for?

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How old are they?

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Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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1 1/2 years

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I'll bet she's just molting. 18 months is the prime time to do this. Have you actually weighed her, or just going by how she looks/feels? I'd weigh her and see how she compares to the other bird. If she's within a pound, I think you're good to just boost her protein and let nature fix her.

 

I'm not a proponent of worming. Before I'd worm a bird, especially one already stressed by molting, I'd do a fecal test by the vet to confirm she needed the med.

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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X2

 

That's what I suspected and why I asked how old they were.

All my mature hens look about half the size of this year's pullets. If it weren't for the scruffy feathers, larger combs and legbands colored for year of hatch, one would swear the older ones were the babies.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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