My barred rock hen Spaghetti has finally recovered from a nasty respiratory infection and she is eating on her own, the thing is, she is very underweight. It's been a week since she got better, but the poor thing is pretty much skin and bones. She eats some of her pellets if I soak them in water until they crumble, and she eats some mealworms and meat that I've given her. She's also eating a lot of grass and scratch, but I've noticed both of them pass through her system not fully digested. I don't have any money left for vet care after another chicken got a nasty infection in her mouth, so I've been treating Spaghetti at home. Any ideas as what can cause a chicken not to digest properly? Today her crop didn't empty but she didn't have any foul breath, so I gave her some olive oil and massaged her crop. thankfully it wasn't too enlarged, but with how thin she is, I didn't wanna risk it. Also, if there is a chance that she is really recovering, how long can it take for a chicken to go back to a healthy weight? I'm not keeping my hopes too high because Spaghetti has never been that healthy (got her as an adult hen, god knows how she was treated before ). She does eat, but she doesn't go crazy for mealworms like theo ther chickens, although she does eat a few, and she manages to eat about a teaspoon size chunk of cooked meat. I just don't know if I should try to force feed her or let her body take it easy and eat as much as she can handle at a time.