Skinny chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by minna, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oct 15, 2008
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    I got some chickens from a friend of mine, b/c he was getting too sick to feed them. They are awful skinny compared to mine. Also, I have a sick roo that has lost down to bones. Someone posted a recipe ones to put some meat on their bones, but I can't find it, any ideas?
     
  2. chickenzoo

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    I would treat for coccidia, then worms. I would up their carbohydrate intake, as protein can feed the coccidia and give them a good complete grower feed.. Anytime my birds drop weight Coccidia is normally the culprit.
     
  3. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the reason the new ones are skinny, he wasn't able to feed them as much as I feed mine, b/c he can't go outside in the cold. They are due to be wormed, that will probably happen this weekend. I guess I will start them back on starter. I have the hens on layer. I have been giving the sick one LA200, but I guess if it is Coccidia that won't help. But his poops are normal?
     
  4. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    describe his symptoms in detail.
    heavy breathing?
    watery eyes? drainage from beak? mucus? wheezing?

    check his crop..best to check in morning before he eats or drinks..it should feel empty or flat..feel for any lumps, or grainy feeling..
    describe how it feels.

    you say droppings are "normal"..
    but describe them anyway..color and consistency..

    give the skinny birds some of this mixture:
    a little water cooked oatmeal
    plain yogurt
    cooked egg (yolk)..
    1/2-1 teaspoon honey
    unsweetened applesauce
    feed to make crumbly, not soupy..

    you also have regular feed available..
    if you can get some grower feed to mix in with layer feed..it is higher in protein..
    or canned beef cat food or kitten feed
    soft boiled or scrambled eggs
    poultry vitamins
     
  5. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    ide feed those birds some cottage cheese that has alot of good things in it for the birds and they like it
     
  6. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My sick roo died. I got him from a neighbor and luckily he was quarantined b/c I didn't know anything about his chickens.
    I will try that mixture for the others though, they are not sick, just need a little help to catch up to what I think is a healthy weight, and in the cold I want to get then healthy faster. Thanks.
     
  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Sorry you lost your roo.....[​IMG]
     
  8. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    did the roo come with the others that are thin? if so keep the ones that made it away from everyone else. if i were you and the only problem was that they werent getting fed enough, i would just be patient and feed them normally like you do your other birds. they should plump up in no time [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2009
  9. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    the mixture is just a temporary boost..for a week maybe.
    given in mornings..along with regular feed the rest of the day.

    sorry about the roo..

    poor little guy.
     

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