7 Month Old Silkie Hen seems too skinny

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by michellelei1, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. michellelei1

    michellelei1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have a 7 month old silkie and she's never been plump but her breast bone is very prominent when you feel it. She doesn't appear skinny because of her feathers but it doesn't seem normal.

    She is acting fine.

    Her poop is normal.

    She is fed layer pellets among other treats scrambled egg, yogurt, fruit, corn

    She is housed with 2 japanese bantams that eat like pigs

    There is a constant supply of food and water.

    I put ACV in their water every time I change it.

    I'm at a loss as to what is causing her to be soo skinny. They have all been treated for worms. She seems like a happy chicken except she's too skinny. Is there anything else I can do to fatten her up and make sure she's healthy. There aren't any vets around here that will see a chicken so I will have to treat her myself. I did just recently by a new bag of food and the other two chickens seem to be eating it and have been fine.
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    How much does she weigh? If she has a true walnut comb, she will have a keel ridge, a secondary effect of the pea comb gene.

    If her weight seems light, I would suggest separating her for a day or two to a cage where you can monitor the amount she eats and her poops.
     
  3. michellelei1

    michellelei1 Out Of The Brooder

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    She doesn't have much of a comb at all. Mostly flat. She's not show quality. She only has four toes not five and a tiny little pouf on her head. She seems fine but I worry about her not eating enough. I've been separating her some of the time to give her extra food and treats now. She's my baby and I'd hate for anything to happen to her.

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