Vet said my hen is underweight... How to put weight on her?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ZaneyMama, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. ZaneyMama

    ZaneyMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What should I feed a laying hen to put weight on her? She's also recovering from some sort of injury to her leg, so I have her isolated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    More protein.
     
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    How did the vet determine she was underweight?
     
  4. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    black oil sunflower seed (BOSS), cracked corn especially if you are keeping her in the house for some time (cuts down on the smell), cooked eggs and yogurt are also good to help maintain their gut flora. also make sure she gets her vitamins!
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:I would like to know also..

    Chris
     
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    If she's been injured and had trouble getting to food, just providing food that's easy to get to helps a great deal. I would make sure that both her food and water are within easy reach. After that, baby her as much as you think she needs. [​IMG]
     
  7. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put weight on mine by giving her scratch in a bowl mixed with dried mealworms and sunflower seed hearts with grit sprinkled on top twice a day in addition to her layer feed.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010
  8. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of weight are you aiming for?

    Overall body mass health: good quality RAW meats, fats, and veggies. More variety of all three the better.

    Fast energy and increased fatty tissue: carbohydrates, in particular grains, a variety is best.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Yup. I was going to disagree with the corn and scratch, but this says it all.

    If she's just underweight because she's been injured and not feeling well, she probably just needs easy access to good feed. Some supplement probably won't hurt, though. If all your chickens are underweight, then its time to evaluate feed.
     

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