Help! Skinny hen.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LillyLover, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. LillyLover

    LillyLover New Egg

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    Help !! I have a skinny hen that is aproxamitaly 6 years old, she was a good weight before she got the flu about 2 months ago, now she is really skinny. She gets layer crumble 24 hours a day and whatever food I am eating at the time. I do not believe in feeding my chickens scrapes. But now she really skinny and not putting on any weight, What can I do to put some weight on my girl. Please if any body has any suggestions what so ever please do not hesitate to tell me. I need all the help I can get [​IMG]
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd up her fat and protein. Either switch her to game bird feed, or add protein powder. You say that you don't feed scraps (but you do feed what you're eating? I am confused), but you might want to feed her some plain, full-fat yogurt or even some scrambled eggs for a while. I've also fed cat food as a protein-rich treat.
     
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  3. LillyLover

    LillyLover New Egg

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    Well as to the question of not feeding her scrapes but feeding her whatever I am eating at the time. The answer is that if I am eating something like porrage I will always leave her about a table spoon of the food in the bottom of the bowl. We have been feeding her scrabbled eggs for a week now and no signs of her putting on any weight. Can I try nuts or seeds ?
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Have you dewormed her? I'm wondering 'cause she's obviously eating well and she should be a healthy weight judging by what you're feeding her. Fat even!
     
  5. WalkingOnSunshine

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    You can try anything you'd like, seeds and nuts won't hurt her a bit, but you won't be feeding a balanced ration. I think the suggestion about worms is a good one.
     

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