and I need the help of experienced chicken keepers please.
We took a trip to the feed store yesterday and saw two poor little silkie roosters in a small cage with several GIANT white leghorn roosters.
Needless to say, the silkies had been being roughed up for a while, from appearances. They've got few feathers left.
Though we went in for dog food, we came out with these two little guys.
I just could not leave them there in that situation.
We've got them quarantined for a while from the rest of our flock, but I can already tell they're both so sweet and friendly.
I have never taken on a bird in this kind of shape, so if you have any ideas that might help me get them healthy, I would appreciate your advice.
I started them on Molly's herbal de-wormer today. They're shockingly skinny and their little breast bones are so prominent. I feel like I need to get some weight on them and feed them good food, but I am having a tough time getting them to eat my feed, so far. I feed an organic crumble that I add B.O.S.S., Manna Pro Omega Egg Maker, grains and supplements to. They were eating pellets at the store.
My hens get all kinds of fresh veggie and fruit seeds too, and these little guys do seem to like that. They ate cherry tomato and armenian cucumber seeds for me today. They also really enjoyed grass. I think it was the first time they've ever seen grass.
The feed store recommended Red Cell (an iron/Vitamin B-12 supplement for horses) so I got some, but I need to research dosing for poultry before I try it. I have some other supplements.
If you've ever nursed back to good health a little guy like mine, please send me any ideas and advice you have. Thank you.
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