Recovering from respiratory disease

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gajugrah, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. gajugrah

    gajugrah New Egg

    Jan 19, 2016
    I have a RIR 6month old who is on antibiotics for respiratory disease and I need to try and fatten her up as she is quite underweight. Does anyone have any healthy nutritious suggestions to help? She's not a fan of the layer pellets, and not overly interested in the lettuce, apple or capsicum, but loving diced up boiled egg. She will eat the seed mix but the vet said to take that away if I can because it doesn't have much nutritional value.
    any suggestions?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    The best thijng for her is a balanced chicken layer feed. What brand are you using? Mine prefer the major brands, and when I switched to different brand from a particular store, they would not eat it. Add a little buttermilk or some water to make it soupy, and she may like it better. Egg, chopped tuna or salmon, and gamebird feed can be good for protein, but they need a balanced diet.
    1 person likes this.
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Put her on chick start crumble feed for a week or so while she gains her appetite and strength. Make a warm mash of it which may appeal to her. She probably isn't laying right now as she has been ill, so she doesn't need the calcium in the layer feed, which she may be sensing.

    Most hens love the flavor and extra protein in the chick start.

    You can also supplement with yogurt or sour milk in the mash. That is high in protein and probiotics, which is important after the round of antibiotics. This will aid in her digestion, which is likely sluggish right now due to her gut being off from being sick.

    Also place Apple Cider Vinegar in the water (about 1TB per gallon). That aids in the digestion as well as it feeds the good probiotics in the gut.

    Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) is high in fat and high in protein, and another good supplement.

    In time she'll likely be back on the layer pellet. If not, she could stay on an All Flock crumble with oyster shell or calcite grit free feed for calcium needs. All your layers could be on that regiment.

    Some hens don't prefer pellet ever. Others have trouble digesting it after coming back from illness and like having something more easy to eat and digest in crumble, with the higher protein. My hens prefer higher protein feed during the winter months when cold stress is an issue.

    My thoughts.

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
  4. gajugrah

    gajugrah New Egg

    Jan 19, 2016
    Thanks so much, I tried a different brand and have been giving her some yogurt and she's loving it and gaining weight!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by