Hen not eating....

birdgirl408

In the Brooder
5 Years
Dec 23, 2014
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My free range Buff Orpington went broody for about 4 days which I eventually broke her from, so she hasn't laid for 7 days. She has lost weight, 1/2 kilo in 12 days. She is not eating well at all although I have been able to tempt her with meal worms and sweet-corn, but she doesn't eat much. She looks fine in every other way and pecks about with her companion. Any ideas anyone? Would be grateful for some advice. Thank you.
 

linbee

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Jun 11, 2010
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I really don't know for sure, but I have a Buff Orpington who goes broody 2x year for several weeks. I have never been able to break her from it, so I just go and remove her from nest several times a day. She always loses weight and doesn't lay any eggs. It seems to take her a while to get back to normal. She's 5 years old now and has been doing this since she was about 8 months old. If she seems fine in every other way, I wouldn't worry too much....just keep an eye on her.
 

HeavensHens88

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Make sure to put some extra poultry safe electrolytes in her water or add apple cider vinegar with 'the mother' in it. Apple cider vinegar works as a great remedy for stress, weight loss, worming, heat stress remedy.....................................basically anything that ails your flock!
 

birdgirl408

In the Brooder
5 Years
Dec 23, 2014
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Thank you linbee and heavenshens. I do use ACV all the time in their water, but since Bea hasn't been eating I have put a 'nutritional supplement' in the water. She really does seem ok so I was well pleased with your reply in particular linbee. One less thing to worry about,
 

Areeba

In the Brooder
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Oct 31, 2011
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Is her crop working fine?give yoghurt in spoon dip her beak in yoghurt spoon hope she ate
 

birdgirl408

In the Brooder
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Dec 23, 2014
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Thank you all, she is fine now, just not laying which is normal after being broody I am told.
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