I Have a Chicken that Just Lost a lot of Weight

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Detail2107, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Detail2107

    Detail2107 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have an Amerucana chicken that is less than a year old and she suddenly lost a lot of weight. What could be the problem? Worms? I can get her started on wormer, but how do I get her weight back up? She doesn't seem to be eating anything at all and my other 30 chickens seem perfectly fine. I have had chickens for 5 years now and I have never had a problem with worms, (but I am experiencing a major problem with lice right now, yuck...) This started happening right after I put a "Hen Saver" on her to protect her back from when the roosters mate her. Could this have affected her diet? I took it off and now I have her in a separate area away from the other chickens with a constant supply of food, but she is still not eating anything. Other then her extreme weight loss, she seems fine. Has she gone anorexic? What should I do?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Worms? Impacted crop? Does she poo?
  3. m00res

    m00res Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    San Diego
    I think we need a little more information to help you figure out what is wrong with your girl, but you could try to feed her some cooked eggs in the mean time. I have yet to see my birds refuse cooked eggs. They are high in vitamins and protein. I'm having weight loss problems with my birds right now (worms and maerks-poor babies) and was told to give them high protein food to help put on the weight. Chick starter is high in protein and yogurt is a nice treat. You could also see if she will eat bread soaked in olive oil. It is not protein, but quick calories nonetheless.

    There is a little guide at the top of the "Emergencies/disease/injuries and cures" page that lists all of the information people might need to help you diagnose a problem. Maybe if you can post some more info from that list and then someone else more experienced can help you out. Good luck!

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