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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by illinoischick, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. illinoischick

    illinoischick In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2016
    Hello everyone I am excited to join your community! i have been particularly interested in threads about chickens losing weight and worming chickens. I have had my 10 beautiful girls for two years, and am starting to see significant weight loss. Very alarming! I am hoping all you experts can help! I love my girls!

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. If you have never wormed your flock, then in your situation, i would do so - even if its to rule out worms being the cause of weight loss. Other members, i should say, would not necessarily agree with this, so maybe you'd like to read threads on the topic - type something like "causes of weight loss" in the search box and see what it brings up.

    All the best

  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] If they are still eating like normal, it's possible they are hosting some parasites. There are a few discussions on deworming the flock in the Predators and Pests forum section. Best of luck!
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Good luck with your girls.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Are wild birds or squirrels etc. making off with most of their feed - leaving too little for them. What are you feeding them and how much? Chickens generally eat what they need and don't pig out unless they are meat birds. You might want to have a stool check done at the vet. If one has worms, they probably all do - all would be treated. Knowing what particular worms/worms dictates what treatment should be used. The birds also need a thorough going-over, to check for lice , mites or anything else that would debilitate them.
  7. illinoischick

    illinoischick In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2016
    Thanks everyone for suggestions. I will keep reading any and all suggestions. I am having a hard time finding a chicken vet in my area, and I would gladly have a test done if I could find one. I read lots of good comments about how to worm them, which I followed. Well we will see. Do u think having a mixed flock might be part of it ? We added four ducks last year three males and a female. They all seem to get along pretty well. They have unrestricted access to grain and have a doggie door from the coop to a fenced 16x20 yard, plus several free range hours daily. I am open to any other thoughts ??

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