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Chickens thin in keel

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CatMcNamee, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. CatMcNamee

    CatMcNamee Just Hatched

    Mar 17, 2013
    Hi all. I have had my 3 backyard hens for 3 years now, and they are nearly done their molt. They haven't laid in 2 months, which I attributed to the molt. However, when cleaning the coop and run on the weekend, I palpated their breast tissue, and could feel the keel bone, and the breast is thinner than I would like. I feed Dumor laying feed (free feeding in a step on door feeder), fresh greens, veggie peelings, ground egg shells and I have upped their scratch to a big scoop of about 4c daily. Today I added rolled oats. What am I missing?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Have you monitored for worms or wormed them?
  3. CatMcNamee

    CatMcNamee Just Hatched

    Mar 17, 2013
    No, I haven't. I don't know anything about worming, what products or dosage.
  4. RMK04

    RMK04 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2015
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I always advise folks who think their birds are too thin to actually weigh them and see where they are. Laying hens don't have plump breasts, and from what I recall when butchering older layers their body tissue re-distributes some as they age. They gain more fat in the abdomen and above the tail and have less muscle mass compared to a rooster. Just like humans *sigh*.

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