Skinny point of lay birds

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Fuzzyllama, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Fuzzyllama

    Fuzzyllama In the Brooder

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    Hi there, I am new to chicken keeping so I'm not sure if it's normal to expect POL hybrid birds to be a bit skinny.

    We picked them up a week ago and they are settling in nicely, eating plenty of layers pellets, a little corn and greens. But when I've been handling them I've noticed they feel quite small, so I'm just wondering if that's normal and if they will fill out more as they mature ?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Hard to judge their condition without pictures. Just provide feed ad lib, and hopefully they will fill out.
     
  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Can you collect some fresh poop and bring it to a vet to test for worms?
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    I agree, have a fecal checked at the veterinarian's. Also look hard for mites or lice and treat them if even one is found on one bird.
    Layer feed is not improved by adding corn and stuff, and shouldn't be fed, if at all, until all the birds are laying eggs. Consider an all-flock feed that's 18% to 20% protein, and have oyster shell separately for any laying birds who need it.
    Leghorn type birds are 'thin' compared to dual purpose heritage type breeds too.
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  5. Fuzzyllama

    Fuzzyllama In the Brooder

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  6. Fuzzyllama

    Fuzzyllama In the Brooder

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    Here they are, I think they look fine just feel very light and thin, all except the blue one. Will speak to vet about testing the poop. We checked them over and there are no visible signs of mites/lice/fleas :)
     
  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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