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Louise molted and won't eat pellets and is losing weight She is elderly.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by weezilgirl, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. weezilgirl

    weezilgirl In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2012
    I rescued Louise in 2006. She has always been very healthy until now.She had laid an egg every day since I got her. She just molted and her feathers are coming back. She pecks at her pellets but doesn't eat more than 5-6. Any suggestions for protein? She refuses to eat anything "wet", such as scrambled eggs cottage cheese. Tuna barely interests her.

    Could she just be "winding" down? 7-1/2 is pretty old for a chicken? I rescued 4 and they died at age 7. I can feel her breast bone now.

    Thanks very much from Louise's mom

  2. ninjagirl

    ninjagirl In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2012
    Dried meal worms for protein and BOSS for healthy fat?
  3. weezilgirl

    weezilgirl In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2012
    Thank you. What kind of store would sell the worms? A feed store? My nearest town is small and is 30 miles. We have a feed co-op, Walmart and some lumber stores. I'm not familiar with BOSS. Thanks, again!
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    A feed store might sell mealworms. The Walmart near me sells them occaisonally, too. You'll find them in the wild bird feeding section, if it has them. "BOSS" stands for Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.

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