ACK!! THIN chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickhamm, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. chickhamm

    chickhamm Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    I have a silkie, she is about 3 to 4 months old, she is my daughters, and Jordan usually holds her and such. I picked her up yesterday and WOW she is sooooo thin!! I probably should not have but i gave her a small dose of eprinax wormer and then brought her into the house. I have her in a small box and gave her some water with vitamins/electrolites and chick starter with a bit of EVOO mixed in for some extra calories.

    she seems healthy, moveing around, alert and cooing... her and her brother are in a small pen with 4 other bantam hens whom are full grown. I am wondering if maybe they are keeping her away from the food? I checked all the others, they are doing well, lots of meat around the breast bone, not like cloud at all.

    She is eating like theres no tomarrow right now, so i have hopes for her definitly. Any recomendations on what to feed her and so forth are very much apreciated.

  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Give her some scrambled eggs for protein every once in awhile...canned cat food won't hurt her if given once in awhile (some say too much salt) but I don't give it all the time and only in small portions when I think they need it....mine like the liver flavored cat food ......

    They may be starving her away from the feed....chickens do that to each other...thats why I always have two feeders going in each pen...
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    agree with Tuffholden...

    she's most likely being bullied away from feed and water.
    maybe an extra feeder and waterer would help, but in the meantime...separate her a few times a day for some TLC and food..extra protein as suggested, and some vitamins for a few days.
    if you don't have poultry vitamins..get the Polyvisol children's vitamins..2 or 3 drops for a few days...

    make sure she is warm..she needs to channel energy into growth instead of body heat.

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