Weight Gain

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lfoose, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. lfoose

    lfoose Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Medina, OH
    Does anyone have a suggestion on how to make your hen gain weight? Safely?

    She seems healthy, active and eats but is still pretty boney.
  2. McChix

    McChix In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2007
    Hi, lfoose.

    Have you wormed your hen? Is she maybe weight-appropriate for her breed?

    I have a bird similar to what you describe - she's a 6 m/o white leghorn, seems healthy, is active, good appetite and a good layer (25 eggs in Oct!) but so skinny compared to the other girls (1 RIR, 1 Ameraucana). Folks tell me that leghorns ARE skinny birds. I'm keeping a close eye on her condition and am considering ivomec eprinex after having read about it here.
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    leghorns are skinny birds, they're egg machines.. that's what their blood line was bred for. make lots of eggs eat a little amount of food.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If she is active, eats, and shows no sickness... no need to do anything. She may just be alight breed. Chickens should not be fat and nothing should be done to make them gain weight, unless their loss of weight is due to pests or diseases. Even at that, get rid of the problem and let them regain their weight normally. Leghorns are very light. My hen is only about 3.5 lbs and she is now 18 months old. I have 11.5 week old cochin crosses who weigh more than she does.
  5. lfoose

    lfoose Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Medina, OH
    Ok, thank you. I wasn't sure if I should be concerned since I can't feel alot of meat around her breastbone. The hen is a Silkie mix.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Mine tend to lose weight when they molt. I had one that was just a bag of bones, but now she's fat and sassy again. How old is she? Could she be molting?
  7. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i also tend to have some that remain smaller than the others. always ones that fly, too. don't know if that's related or not.
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Hmm, silkie mix. I know my silkie girl is a big fat puff ball, but she's under two lbs of meat... and when she get's wet, she's about the size of a child's nerf foot ball on legs.

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