Help!!!!!Chickens seems lethargic and wasting!!!!!Help Please!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Country Guy John, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    South Carolina
    Hello All, I have Jersey Giants, Barred Rocks, & Australorp and they all appear to have the same symptoms. By looking at the birds, they all look rather healthy. However when I pick them up, I can feel their frames. They all get clean fresh water daily, layer pellets and scratch feed. I have not noticed any issues with their poop. The only symptom that I have noticed is that they appear to be somewhat lethargic. Also, They have not laid any eggs in more than 2 months. I thought that they were going through a molt because I have noticed more feathers in the coop and run. Please help!!!!!
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sounds like moult. If that's the case egg laying usually stops, and they can become lethargic. I suggest you inspect them for lice/mites just in case. I recommend you increase their protein intake to help them with feather growth. It may be awhile before they start laying again.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:Right, and only give a little scratch, a handful, as it is low in protein, I think about 8%. People use game bird feed and BOSS for more protein, but you can give just about any protein unless it is very salty or fatty.
  4. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    Might be a good time to worm them too, I had one thin lethargic bird just recently, wormed her and she has perked right back up and is putting on some weight.

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