Ask the Expert June/July 2020

Ask the Expert June/July 2020
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 17 minutes Red Star Hen Failure to Thrive  Eighteen-month-old Red Star hen was found hanging off by herself with fluffed-up feathers. I immediately isolated. On exam, she showed no signs of being egg-bound; her keel bone was very sharp with obvious weight loss; she had no interest in eating and loose stools with pungent sweet/sour odor. No worms presented on the last fecal exam one month ago. I have 48 hens in the flock and the others appear normal. I am feeding 22% layer pellets along with oyster shell, grit, and vitamin-enhanced water. They free-range and are raised for egg production. Molt is completed and I plan to reduce feed to 16% protein. This hen has been isolated for four weeks now with no visible improvement. In fact, I expect to find her expired each morning. I hydrate her with Pedialyte, ¼ teaspoon sugar, and probiotics using

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