Advice needed if anyone has a minute

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sixlittlechicks09, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Hello everyone!
    Not really an emergency, but I figured it'd belong in this section. My hens are molting something terrible. They look so ragged, it's sad. I was just wondering, is it normal for them to get skinny during molt? I've checked my hens all over for mites/lice/worms and they've got a clean bill of health. They've got plenty of feed, layena whenever they want it and a few scoops of scratch everyday (plus tons of treats) but they're so skinny, I can feel a huge prominent breastbone on my three RIR hens. Is there anything else I can do? They get corn, BOSS and oats in their scratch. Thanks, hope everyone had a nice new year!
  2. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Quote:Laying hens aren't supposed to be fat. That being said, Hannah, my almost 5 yr old BR who is no longer laying (at least not now) is FAT!! She's a big pig. She'll eat anything whenever !

  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Not sure about super-skinny.... Suggest you cut back the treats to make sure they get a lot of protein. They need energy to grow new feathers.
  4. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Have they been wormed?
  5. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    Yeah, our laying hens aren't super fat, but we have several Barred Rocks and EE's that are not molting and they are rather plump [​IMG] (They're fatties) But my three RIR girls are really thin. I have a few OEGBs that are molting now too, but they're not losing the weight like the RIR's.
    As far as treats, we give them mostly mealworms, extra BOSS and table scraps. What could some extra protein be for them?
    And they haven't been wormed, but wouldn't worms affect the other members of our flock too? And they haven't shown any sign of worms.
  6. susanp970

    susanp970 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2011
    Nutrena ~~Feather Fixer Poultry Feed. or lots of other meat protein.

    Consider adding extra feeding stations so chickens lower in the pecking order have sufficient access to feed
    Avoid handling if possible (exposed skin and regrowing feathers are tender)
    If you have a rooster, consider segregating him while your flock is in molt so he does not further irritate exposed skin during mating
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2014
  7. barrybigbelly

    barrybigbelly Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2014
    It can be worrying when your chicken has lost most of its feathers, the above advice is great. The only thing i'd say to you is dont dogs/cats etc look much skinnier when they are wet ;-)

    So the hair/fur can really decieve you as to how fat your pet is, and its pretty much the same with chickens!

    So its proberbly nothing to worry about.

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