Entire flock has lost weight

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Foristers, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Foristers

    Foristers Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am still on my first year of chickens and now my flock, all hatched the same week in mid-July 2016, are about 39 weeks old - or around 9 months old. These are all Buff Orpingtons. I have 7 hens and 1 rooster. The have a 4'x8' coop attached to a 10'x18' fenced run and are alloted several hours a week to free range (about 18-24 hours a week)

    I take meticulous care of them, including weighing them every month to track growth rate, largest hen, etc.
    So I just gave them their April weigh-in and every single bird has lost weight!!!!!
    My Rooster is back down to his weight just after New Year's!. All of the hens are below their March weight, some are below their February weight!!!

    There has been no change in feed. The exact same amount of food is available to them now as has been since they started laying eggs. Water = same. They free range for about the same amount of hours as they have been for a while. No new medications introduced as I am keeping them away from those.

    It has gotten warmer but I don't know why I should expect that. Egg production has been a steady 6 eggs a day since Valentine's Day.

    The ONLY DIFFERENCE in the flock from last month to this is that one of the hens went Broody and is day-in day-out sitting in a nesting waiting on a few golf balls to hatch. :)

    Any comments or advice welcome. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If they are loosing weight(you did not say how much) have you wormed them?

    JYI No sense in a good hen setting on golf balls when it only takes 3 days to break their broodiness----if done in the beginning. I never waited a couple weeks to try to break one but probably still 3 days wouls work. If mine goes broody I either set her or break her with-in the first few days.
     
  3. Foristers

    Foristers Chillin' With My Peeps

    "If they are loosing weight(you did not say how much) have you wormed them?

    JYI No sense in a good hen setting on golf balls when it only takes 3 days to break their broodiness----if done in the beginning. I never waited a couple weeks to try to break one but probably still 3 days wouls work. If mine goes broody I either set her or break her with-in the first few days.

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    I want her to go broody and I was waiting on this April weigh-in to finalize my selection of which hens to let breed and perpetuate.

    Anyway - No I have not wormed them. Which worms should I be looking out for and How (in your idea) should I "worm them"?

    I have read about apple cider vinegar in the water, do you think that would work?
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017

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