BO not eating much and is super skinny.

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  1. itsjess

    itsjess Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I have a Buff(7 mo) that seems to not be eating or drinking much. Her crop is practically empty and she's very thin. However, she is not acting any different. I wouldn't have even noticed anything was wrong if I hadn't picked her up and realized how skinny she was. She is still laying eggs but they have what looks like calcified specks on them but that's how they've always looked. I was thinking about worming her. Any wormer suggestions?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Valbazen 1/2 ml given orally, and repeated in 10 days. If you can't find it locally, you can order it online. If I were you, I would bring her inside for a day or two, and try feeding her by herself. She may be kept away from the food by higher pecking order chickens. I always place a couple of feeders and an extra water station where the more meek ones can eat and drink. You can give her some extra protein in egg, tuna, liver, or high protein game bird feed, and supplement some probiotics and vitamins.
     
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    How are the eggs while worming? I'm going to have to order some, I didn't find any here. I have 4 feeders and 8 hens, it does seem like she's at the bottom of the pecking order. I gave her a separate amount this morning and she didn't want anything to do with it. I just switched to pellets (on accident) but that was only about a week ago, could she get that skinny that fast? I just bought mealworms so I'll try that in the morning and I'll separate her in the morning and keep an eye on her. I'll also try scrambled eggs and tuna. Thank you! :D
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Try putting water into your pellets and stirring for a bit. They will become like oatmeal, and most chickens attack it. Most wormers such as Valbazen, fenbendazole (safeguard, panacur,) and Wazine recommend 14 day egg withdrawals.
     

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