Question about wet bellies

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aemoody, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. aemoody

    aemoody Out Of The Brooder

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    We just got three leghorn chicks (I think that is what they are) from a fair. They were selling them to kids at a petting zoo. they were donated from a chicken house, when I found them I had to bring them home. I have noticed their bellies seem bare, could something be wrong with them they don't feel wet but look like it. I was thinking they were dirty.. Just not sure how to help them, and if something is wrong I don't want to put them with my others? Any help would be great! Thank you
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Could you post a pic? I have a sneaking suspicion what you have aren't Leghorns but Cornish Cross. The Cornish X is bred for rapid growth and it doesn't see that feather growth keeps up with body growth. Plus they seem to spend a lot of time loafing which rubs over the breast and belly feathers.
     
  3. aemoody

    aemoody Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is one. The worst. What is loafing?
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  4. aemoody

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  5. aemoody

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    That is the other two
     
  6. aemoody

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    They do seem to lay a lot. I have been trying to take them out of the box and let them play with my children, to get them moving. is that bad
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I, too, suspect that they are not leghorns, but instead Cornish X broiler chicks. Their only purpose in life is to grow as quick as possible, which means that they eat a lot, feather slowly, and are very lazy. But I could be wrong. Post new photos in a week, and then we'll see.
     
  8. aemoody

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    Could they make a pet. Will the die sooner. Will it harm the rest of my flock to mix them?
     

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