my underweight baby girl

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rockabilly7, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. rockabilly7

    rockabilly7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of my chickens eats all the time but hasnt gained ANY weight and i have no idea why all of my other girls are doing fine any ideas???
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sometimes you get a little runt. They either will fail to thrive and eventually pass on or they will have a growth spirt and before you know it you can't tell the difference in them from the others. I had a little runt last spring and now she is one of my largest laying hens.
     
  3. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Quote:Your question does not have enough info-- all I can tell is you have chicken who eats alot, but has not gained weight-- have you picked her up and examined her closely?

    How old (ie is this a chick, pullet, or adult), how long have you had it & where did it come from, what breed do you think she is (standard, banty, or mix), how small is she actually- has she grown at all, what do you feed, what do the droppings look like, does her beak look normal, is she actually eating- or does she just look like she is eating (this is important- feel her crop & compare to the others- is it empty/full/really full), is she actually skinny- ie feel her keel and compare to others- or is she just small, look for external parasites. Answer these questions, and we can give you a good guess on what is going on....
     

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