Chicken weight loss

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jadon, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. jadon

    jadon New Egg

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    I have 10 hens and a rooster. One of my road island reds has lost weight and sits under the heat lamp when it's not very cold. Any ideas why?
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    What does "not very cold" mean? Is she eating and drinking? You should give her wet feed. They always love this and it's fattening. Mealworms, oatmeal and scratch are all fattening treats too. Make sure these only take up 10% of their daily diet.

    Keep watching her. Is she laying eggs? Lethargic hens sometimes are egg bound. You may want to post here for further info on how to help her https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Has she been checked for mites, worms etc. They are both quite debilitating if untreated. You may want to post in full detail at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread.
     
  4. collingwood

    collingwood Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG]This is some good advice!
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Lots of reasons they can lose weight and be cold. Worms, Coccidiosis, injuries, bacterial infections for virus's, mites or lice, old age, heart disease, internal laying, organ failure, etc...

    I suggest you post this in our emergency section and have any and all information on symptoms about her you can for them to help diagnose her. Mountain Peeps has left you with the link.

    I sure hope you can get her back to good health soon. [​IMG]
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    [​IMG] I agree with the advice you have received, do post in emergencies. Exam her to see if there is anything else you can find.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  9. jadon

    jadon New Egg

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    We bought them in April 2014 and usually she is the only one directly under the heat lamp. Could the rooster be stressing her out?
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Yes, he very well could be. Check for wounds on her saddle area.
     
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