Too thin barred rock

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by southern-chicks, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. southern-chicks

    southern-chicks New Egg

    Sep 12, 2016
    Canton, Georgia
    I have ten chickens about two years old and raised together from the start. Two are Barred Rocks. Last winter around Middle December, one of them was just sitting outside not eating or drinking and couldn't even walk. She had watery poop too. I brought her indoors and had her in a crate and treated her with oregano oil in her water. After three weeks she had regained her health and was able to return to the flock. At first they hen-pecked her but by the end of the day it seems she had been accepted back in.
    I noticed she was getting thinner over the past few months and when I picked her up she is like bone with feathers. She seems healthy otherwise. Eating and drinking. None of the girls seem to be mean to her except I noticed that she is not roosting with them at night. She roosts alone while the others settle together. Granted it is still want here but...
    That's my concern. I'm worried that when the temp drops in the winter she won't be able to stay warm enough at night. She literally doesn't have any meat or fat on her. What can I do for her??? How can I get her to gain weight??
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    Check for parasites - internal and external. Have you checked for a bloody stool of other signs of coccidiosis? Antibiotic and/or coccidiosis treatment may be necessary. Try vitamin supplements to her water. Not likely to survive at all if she's that bad off - especially as you've mentioned, once cold weather hits.

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