First time chicken owners and need help please!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenrookies, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. chickenrookies

    chickenrookies New Egg

    Apr 14, 2016
    Hi, My name is Tina. My husband and myself are first time chicken owners and are in need of some help. We have an 11 month old Ameraucana and an 11 month old Cream Legbar. We've had them for about 5 weeks now and they both have lost about a pound each.

    They look and act like healthy hens. They free range in a grassy area for a few hours a day. They are active and each lay one egg a day. They eat regularly a diet of Naturally soy and corn free layer feed. When they kept losing weight the feed store suggested Ace Hi Feeds Quick-Gro Kracketts. We now mix the two and feed them a bit of mealworms and veggie scraps.

    Their feces have no visible worms and it looks normal form what we've seen on the internet. The person that we got them from said she de-wormed them but we do not know how long ago.

    We have treated them with DE for mites and have given them an electrolyte supplement in their water supply. They share a coop that is about 26 square feet and 3 ft. high that's open on all but half of the back.

    We've tried to feed them rice, bread and pumpkin seeds but they showed no intersest. They have gotten so thin that they virtually have no meat on their breast and feel bony.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Tina!

    I would examine them for mites and go ahead and worm them again. You could also post on the emergencies forum and see if others can give you additional ideas of what might be going on with them.

    Good luck!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Tina and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. NFC has given you some great advice, so i will just say hello and wish you the best of luck.

  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. rsneddon10

    rsneddon10 Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2015
    North Carolina
    I would deworm them again. Sometimes one dose is not enough.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would look for other causes of their weight loss. Maybe their feed doesn't agree with them. Could you have one of the skinniest ones taken to a vet to find out if something else is causing the weight loss. Did the first worming - result in a lot of worms being passed? Maybe they aren't being wormed for the type they actually have. A good reason to have a poo sample checked by a vet.

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