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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    Bacardi - hen was not in good weight when I got her - which was just this past Saturday.
    She is way too light for her size - she should feel like 3 or 4#, feels more like 2 by my guesstimate.
    She does not seem unhealthy aside from the weight. Feathers are in good shape, full coat, glossy and her eyes are bright.

    If she was kept caged like I think - accounting for the overgrown beak & claws - then maybe whatever asshat had her didn't feed enough or didn't notice when the overgrown beak prevented her eating.

    Good to know beaks will regrow.
    My hens have never needed trimming, but I guess they scratch around enough to keep their beaks & claws trimmed.
    Sorry!!! Again - MY BAD. Reading for comprehension apparently hasn't been at its best lately.

    But if your new girl's beak is no longer crossed, chances are better than excellent that she should pick up dietary speed soon.



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    Amen!
    I hope to have 5 fat hens before too much longer
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post





    Finzean:
    I Googled and she is not patterned like a Sussex - drat!
    In fact I couldn't find anything that looked like her.
    Tried Ameraucana, Cuckoo Maran & red/black mottled chicken.
    No penciling or lacing - just mixed rust & black feathers.
    She has a good-sized comb with distinct whaddyacallem "points"

    Anyone?
    What color is her skin on her legs? Have you looked up Easter Egger?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    Amen!
    I hope to have 5 fat hens before too much longer
    starting to sound like the 12 days of Christmas...
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    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



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    I think the poor dear must be slightly in shock. She went from Chicken Hell, to Chicken Heaven in one day, and is now part of a flock. I'm sure she's seeing food that she never knew existed, and is probably a little overwhelmed by everything. I'm sure the flock will get used to her, and that she'll do fine once she adjusts to her new, and wonderful circumstances.
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    The end of the beak is cut off in commercial operations I know those beaks don't grow back. I've seen a few that were a couple years old. They needed dishes to be able to eat.

    I wasn't sounding the alarm. Just pointing out I had a chick with this. My chick was obviously much worse than this hen. Hopefully a dish will enable her to eat better.



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    Learn something new every day! A chipped or cracked beak will grow out! I had no idea. I've had chickens for many years and did not know that.



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    If she gets to the point she's not eating or drinking she'll go down hill fast so you need to be prepared (if you want a chance at saving her).

    I've saved some chickens with Kaytee Baby Bird Formula. It has electrolytes and calories.. As long as you can get that in they will at least not dry of dehydration.

    I've only lost a handfull of chickens and it's not becuase they starved or were dehydrated.


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    2DogsFarm - Just occurred to me you're saying speckled when the coloration you're looking at might be Splash. We've got Splash Ameraucanas...some might use the term speckled.

    It does sound like perhaps someone kept this hen in a cage. We have some friends who keep layers in a 1'x1' laying cages...drives me crazy as they have 100s of acres but the birds live in those stupid cages for about 1.5 - 2 yr. then off to a colder climate (the freezer). What a sucky way to exist...

    Anyway - check out "splash" colorations. And as someone else said, maybe she's a Sooner hen? We've got a Barred Rock x Orpington - fluffy, fluffy girl with washed out charcoal & white barring and the occasional buff feather! LOL



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    I think pictures would go a long ways about now.

    OP just keep feeding her, she's been through a lot of changes and might just be off her game.



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    When I got home she had finished all her egg/oatmeal/yogurt and the apple bits.
    So I think soft is the key to getting her to eat.
    This morning's buffet will include bread and some finely-chopped kale.

    Sorry - I am technologically damned, so no pics can happen.
    Picture an all over mix of rust red & black feathers - legs are pale, I wanna say white? Beak is not yellow and comb looks fully developed. So she's not that young - maybe 6mos or so.
    But I will Google Splash and see if that looks right.

    You guys are a lot more fun than BYC and not so judgy-pants!
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    I doubt she's a splash if she's red and black as splash happens from the blue coloring. She may just be a barnyard mix. Do you think she's standard fowl?
    I LOVE my Chickens!



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    *pouts* about no pictures
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    Maybe you could email photos to someone who can post them?



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    Sorry, JB - still no pics {shrugs} use your imagination

    Megaladon: I think she's a young standard - too big for a bantam. She looks to be about the same size my hens were around 6mos or so. Maybe puny from bad feeding?

    She is eating a lot better - very fond of kale, not so thrilled about scrambled egg or yogurt. But she's giving the dampened pellets some consideration.
    I also added some chick pro-biotics to her waterer.
    On the whole she looks & acts a lot brighter.

    SO:
    Today I left her out of her paddock (after allowing her about 1hr to eat unbothered.
    The flock will be in their fenced yard all day today, and after I babysat for about 20min, noone seemed to be too put out by her presence.
    I made a final check before heading to work and Quasi was settled in her bin while Boss Hen polished off her (Q's) breakfast right next to her.

    I'll probably continue to give Q some private time to eat in the mornings, but I think she is on her way to being allowed into the Mean Girls clique.
    Chickens!
    It's High School all over again!
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    That's great news!! Acclimating new birds can be so fretful (for everyone concerned - lol!); it's so nice once it's over with.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    Sorry, JB - still no pics {shrugs} use your imagination
    Hmmph, still not happy, but whatever

    Very glad she's heading up in the chickie world
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