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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:22 am 
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I routinely worm our RIR's with Moxy Plus twice (ie. once then again after 2 weeks) every 3 months.
They have been through the moult and are now all looking very nice....active, glossy feathers, no discharge etc. so no signs of disease.
However....when I was dosing them, and I do that orally/individually, I noticed that one of them is actually much lighter in weight than the others.

They all look the same, it is hard to tell them apart, and if I hadn't been handling them I wouldn't have noticed this.
The only experience I have had with underweight chickens is that they tend to be the ones that die soonest as they have been harbouring some problem.

It isn't a pecking order thing that I can see as they all get on with each other very well.
They all eat like horses and they get Laucke Showbird....they won't eat anything else!
I know with other animals some don't put on weight well and are just lightweights but I haven't struck that with poultry.

Does anyone have any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Light weight hen?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:29 pm 
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You are doing all the right things. There is always one bird which is less robust than the others - she may even be the best layer.


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 Post subject: Re: Light weight hen?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:10 am 
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Sorry no answers from me, but interested in the answer. Have you read the thread “feed warning” about mixed feed? viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4200


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