Telling if a chicken is alright

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by inilog, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. inilog

    inilog In the Brooder

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    Is there any problem if a chicken's breastbone is not fleshy? or thick? My chickens have been like that since I changed their feed and returned it back to it's original feed a month later.
     

  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

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    Wormy probably!
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Might be worms as PDR suggests....could just be the feed change.
    A fecal exam would tell whether worm load is an issue.

    More info on exactly which feeds you are talking about,
    and more about your flock, ages, numbers, housing, climate/location,
    could all offer some clues as to the weight loss.

    There's a diagram showing breast tissue evaluation about halfway down this webpage:
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00288233.1998.9513338
     
  4. inilog

    inilog In the Brooder

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    I've recently dewormed them. After that, I have fed them back with their original feed.
     
  5. BobDBirdDog

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    If they have had or have worms, it takes several wormings spread out over several weeks to rid them. Depending on the worms eggs gestations...worm eggs are usually not affected by the dose of medications, only the developed adults. Also worming is not enough as they probably crapped a butt load of microscopic eggs in the ground, if in a pen grab some amonia and douse/spray the pen. remove the birds of course. [​IMG]

    in the mean time, give them a pumpkin to eat if you can find one.
     
  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

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    What was the wormer you used?
     

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