Emaciated hen and cold weather question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lutherpug, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an Australorp who had an impacted crop. A local avian vet was able to intervene and she is on the road to recovery but she is still very, very thin. Her crop is emptying normally since her procedure and I know she is better as she is roosting with the others-she was too weak a few weeks ago) and her comb and wattles look better-they were very pale.

    My concern is that it looks like winter is finally arriving after a warm fall-lows will be in the twenties several nights over the next week and colder air is surely on the way in the next month. I haven't been giving much in the way of treats but I have scratch and cracked corn handy. They also seem to love oatmeal and peeled apples. Do I just bump up the treats? Shut her off from the others in the coop and offer her something additional? If so, what?

    I just worry about her freezing as it gets colder with no meat on her bones....

    Thoughts? Thanks
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    IMHO if she lost weight and is now on the road to recovery, offer her some high protein (18-20%) feed like chick starter, all flock/flock raiser or grower feed. These are nutritionally balanced for chickens, just offer oyster shell free choice for added calcium. It wouldn't hurt to add some poultry vitamins to her water a couple times a week as well.

    A general rule to follow on treats is no more than 10% of daily intake. While a little scratch and cracked corn make fine treats, they don't have what you are looking for nutritionally to help your recovering hen. You can still give a small amount of oatmeal and apple, just make sure her main courses are balanced poultry feed.

    Just my thoughts.
     
  3. lutherpug

    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty stingy with the treats in general-not more than once a week and in pretty small quantities. Higher protein food is a good idea-do you think that is okay for my other hens for a few weeks? I went out to the coop earlier today and did a more detailed comparison of her body and the other two hens and the difference isn't nearly as significant as it was right after this happened. That said, I'd like to help the process if I can given that it is supposed to dip into the teens mid next week if the forecast holds....

    Thanks for the advice!
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It won't hurt your other hens to have the higher protein feed.

    Personally I only feed an all flock/flock raiser formula feed to my girls and rooster. I make sure they have oyster shell free choice, give daily treats of fresh veggies/fruit, seeds, etc.

    If you want to give them a boost, but not feed this all the time, you could make a "mash" and give it once a day as a treat. Mix some of your chosen feed in a bowl with warm water and mix to the consistency of oatmeal. I usually make this for mine out of their feed most days and they love it - I have also been know to add things to the mash (chopped grapes/apples, chopped veggies, oatmeal, sunflower seed, etc.). Their normal feed is available in dry form always. A small bag of chick starter would suffice for a few weeks if you feed it wet.
     
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    lutherpug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the mash idea...

    Thanks for all of your help, I'll definitely be trying these things out! Thanks again
     

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