This may be a stupid question, but....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LauraB, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. LauraB

    LauraB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2011
    I have been a member of the website for a while now but don't get to come online as much as I would like. I got involved in raising chickens because of my daughter and the 4-H program that she, and now I, belong to. We have successfully raised chickens for almost 2 years now, knock on wood, with little to no problems at all. We raise them to show and also to provide us with eggs. We have 12 chickens, all different breeds, in our home coop and we own 4 out of 10, wyandottes, in the 4-H coop that is at the barn we have our 4-H program through. This past year we added ducks to our backyard flock and have enjoyed them tremendously!!!

    We had someone call us and ask if we would take in a hen. The son had gotten the hen as an egg, hatched it and raised it as a school project. They thought it deserved to be with other chickens and not alone. She was well cared for and had become more of a spoiled pet than a barn yard animal. We took her in on Christmas Eve, the whole family came to drop her off.

    I could see right away that she was a big girl, bigger than the ones that we have. After seeing her out of the crate they had transported her in, she is really big... almost too big. She can walk. She can get up. But it all seems to be such a chore for her. She looks very healthy and is precious and sweet even comes when we call her. We really want to keep her but realize that her weight is probably going to be a problem.

    So, here is my stupid question... is there anything we can do about her weight? Or, is she pretty much a lost cause? If there is something we can do, I'd want to try before thinking of the alternative.

    I appreciate any information that anyone can provide!! Thank you!
  2. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    What breed is she, age?
  3. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would try to give her restricted feedings, and plenty of space to exercise in, that should help =)
  4. LauraB

    LauraB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2011
    She's about 6-8 months old.. they didn't know what breed she was. I don't have a picture right now but I can get one by tomorrow. She's white, which I know doesn't say a lot. Sweetest bird ever!!!
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Do you know what breed she is? If not it might be a good idea to post a pic in the gender and breed section so people can help you ID her. If she is a meat specific breed you may be fighting a losing battle as they are breed to gain weight fast and not live long. People have managed to keep them alive though. But, having all the info would help you make a better plan.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2012
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sounds like a Cornish X...a meat bird.
  7. aghiowa

    aghiowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2010

  8. LauraB

    LauraB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2011
    She does look a lot like this picture.
  9. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2012
    Hurricane, WV
    To warn of a few possible [head/heart]aches:
    • Bringing others home increase the exposures of your own flock, but is an *excellent* way to teach good hygiene to your kids, and introduce them to the concepts of disease prevention and biosecurity.
    • If it's a Cornish X, it's been bred for faster/larger development, and a much shorter life -- there are much higher mortality rates, even w/in young birds, w/in this breed (they're far more likely to just die w/o warning )-;~
    Not sayin' you shouldn't adopt ... just sayin' ...
  10. LauraB

    LauraB Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 22, 2011
    Thank you...

    We have introduced new chickens into the flock before and have always kept them separate in the beginning. The 4-H kids that are in the poultry project have a schedule that they follow and the coop gets cleaned daily and the chickens get fresh food and water daily. Cleanliness and proper feeding have been two of the things that I have stressed to the kids about our coop and chickens. We are constantly looking for new ways to keep our chickens happy and healthy. Even our poultry parents enjoy coming up to take care of the chickens.

    I am going to be at the barn today and will take a picture of her and try to post it but she does look a lot like the Cornish X posted above. I had a feeling that there might not be anything that could be done but because we raise our chickens as pets/show birds, the kids all hate thinking about the alternative.

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