Chicken losing weight, how do I fatten her up?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by prncs13, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. prncs13

    prncs13 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 22, 2008
    My hen Rita is 5 years old and a sex link. She is eating and drinking and pooping just fine. Took her to the vet and she has no parasites in her poop. She is 3.5 lbs and she used to weigh 6ish. She is in the yard with the other hens, tail is down a little but she is still moving around. She has been sleeping in the nest box for the last week but I thought it was because she was cold. Tonight she was trying to sleep on the floor so I'm guessing she is too weak and skinny to get on the roost so I put her in the box. Her color is good. I give her bread or tomatoes or oatmeal and she dives on it like the rest of them. I only know she got skinny because I picked her up to clean a bunch of poop off her butt. She has one of those fluffy butts where poop accumulates in the downy feathers. Any tips on trying to get her bulked up again. Other than being skinny and kind of slow she is doing fine.

  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Pull her off to herself so she can fill up without competing with the others. Offer her some scrambled egg also. THere have been some posts you could search for that tells foods to feed chickens that need plumping up.

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  3. JoshDeere

    JoshDeere Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 16, 2011
    when you let the chickens outt don't let her out and give her, while she is in the coop by her self, fresh food and some table scraps. that usually does the trick!!!!!!![​IMG]
  4. justineflake

    justineflake New Egg

    Nov 17, 2011
    That is a problem on which I have no idea
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    If it were me, I would allow her to eat alone for every meal. I would feed a higher protein feed. Because I have turkeys that eat 30% protein game bird feed, I have the extra protein feed already on hand.
  6. prncs13

    prncs13 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 22, 2008
    I know she isn't competing with anyone. I've been watching and she is actually number 2 in command but I think I will mix finisher in with all the food (it is winter) and add some kelp. But I'll make her some special batches of eggs and buttermilk and I usually make them all oatmeal once a week so maybe I will keep extra aside for her. Today she came bounding out and was bug hunting. Maybe avocado too, that has some good fat in it. Someone suggested tuna since it is a high protein.

    Thanks for all the advice. She seems pretty good except the weight. It is so weird.


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