Skinny Chickens

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by J ALLEN, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. J ALLEN

    J ALLEN Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 laying hens; 1- Leghorn, 2-barred rock and 4-buff Orpingtons. All are 1 year old. All are not laying everyday. All feel like skin and bones. Their breast bone sticks out. Can't feel any meat on the breast. Their appetite is good and very alert. I feed them 1 cup of corn everyday along with all the laying pellets they want. Their poop looks normal. Anything I can do to put weight on them.
     
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I would recommend a good wormer and u could add a few treats and black sunflower seeds after u worm them to help gain weight and I would also try the meal worms
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did they put on any weight
     
  4. illinoischick

    illinoischick New Egg

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    Hi J ALLAN and Roada Red. I joined backyard chickens to read all the threads on skinny chickens. I have wormed mine by following Valbazen recommendations on this site. Mine also act totally normal, laying has been reduced a little. Mine have free access to Layena and scratch, and get several hours of free range time during the day. Any other suggestions would be so helpful. Mine are 2 yrs.
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok well what all workers have u tryed are they eating till there crop is full do they like the food u are providing them are they drinking anything makes urge they are getting enough protein and vitamins minerals hope this helps
     
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    Someone else suggested vitamins too. They seem to like what they get for food, I think their crops r full (what exactly should I look for ?) Also, we have a mixed flock w 4 ducks (10 chickens) and I am wondering if there is competition? They seem to get along OK.... Thanks for your suggestions. Any particular vitamins u would recommend ?
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just try vi/mineral supplement u can get it at tractor supply and I would try black sun flower seeds or corn for e protein to maybe help them gain some weight and by leaving them in there run for about a a week doing this from getting so much time to run around so much they should gain a bit of weight I did that once with corn they looked fat I was scared that they might go egg bound or something from being fat so I had cut them back on there feed then and had them work for there food by flinging it around he back yard in small portions so they had to run around the back yard to find it
     
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    Hello, I'm also trying to see why my girls are skinny. What is a good wormer? I've tried garlic, and I use diatomaceous earth always in the coop. I will also get some vitamins.
     
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    Vitamins arnt going to do anything to get rid of worms if that's what they have valbazen is a good wormer to try
     
  10. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you suspect that your chickens have worms, you should consult your veterinarian to confirm and prescribe a treatment plan. If you treat for worms without confirmation, you can develop a resistance to the treatments for worms.
     

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