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  1. Beauty99

    Beauty99 Chirping

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    Hi ....
    I have a hen she’s 1 year and 4 month old, she has no diseases or illness but i used to feed her alot cause i love her so much she’s a pet, and she actually eats alot looks for food alot, everytime i feel her crop it’s full , well lately i’ve noticed she became fat and she moves slowly, she runs too but not like before i’m worried this will cause her illness or make her so lazy , what can i do for her? Pls help me
     
  2. SueT

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    Fatness can cause illness in chickens, other animals and people as well. If you love her, give her nothing but chicken feed.
     
  3. morganalefae

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    Agreed with above feed her only layers and no extra treats for awhile once she is not so fat a few greens/corn scratch would be ok once in awhile. Any thing that eats to much will get sick in some form. being fat could cause to much stress on her little body and she might just keel over one night/day. so please layers only for awhile.
     
  4. Acre4Me

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    Does she get chicken feed? If so, does it make up 90% or greater of her food intake?

    Does she get “treats”? If so, what treats and how much?

    Does she have access to grit if she is getting food besides chicken feed?

    Does she have any other chicken companions?
     
  5. Beauty99

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    Thanks so much
     
  6. Beauty99

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    Thanks, but does that mean chicken lose weight too?
     
  7. Beauty99

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    She eats chicken food everyday but only two times a week beside her chicken food i give har tomato, cucumber, garlic,rice, kind of vegetables ....
    she doesn’t get any treatments
    She is with three turkeys no other chickens
     
  8. Acre4Me

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    Since she’s eating the correct food (primarily formulated chicken feed), I would wonder about illness of some sort. Has she been laying eggs? Is she molting? Maybe she has an internal problem that is causing her to be bloated. Have you checked for external parasites? Or maybe a wound that is not readily apparent (hidden by feathers), but might be infected? Do her feet and legs look ok (mites on the legs can cause a chicken to seem ill or Bumblefoot in the bottom of a foot). How about her vent - does it look normal?
     
  9. morganalefae

    morganalefae Head nut at the nut house

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    Yes chickens can lose weight to. to me treats are things like added veg,fruit grains etc so she does get those. My question is how much does she get the 2 times a week you give it to her? some illnesses can make a chicken look fat and acre4me is right on that.
     
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  10. Beauty99

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    Everything you said looks normal only , i used to have a rooster which made my hen lose some feathers from her back after i took the rooster away, the feathers are steal missing but some of them are growing again since i can see her back skin i’ve noticed something swollen on her back and also a wound near it , do i have to concern?
     
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