In the Brooder
- May 10, 2013
I have 3 new red star hens that I purchased. I have never seen a bird that was de-beaked before until these girls. Anyway, I introduced them to my flock on Saturday evening close to roost time. They of course had some tension but overall did ok. There is one of the hens that does not seem to be thriving in the group and is staying under a playground tunnel that we have in the coop. I felt her crop and it feels mostly empty. When I put feed up to her she will take 1-2 bites then almost seems to have trouble swallowing it. Could it be that it is crumble and being de-beaked she is having trouble? I am going to isolate her when I get home and see if I can get her to eat/drink but I can tell she feels lighter than the other 2. I am just worried this is more then just not adjusting well, any ideas? I would like to treat myself, I do have polyvisol I could give her.