Hi there, I am Dr. Fields. I treat chickens and have a flock of my own and I'm sorry to hear Henny and Penny are having problems. What breed are they? Would you be able to send a photo of the problem areas?
These have the appearance of meat birds.
They are a breed of chicken raised to be eaten for their meat. They are typically processed at a young age (8-12 weeks) They will typically develop leg problems related to their size, as well as heart problems.
Unfortunately not. I'm so sorry. You could try to restrict their food intake, but that is not likely to make a difference at this point for them. I wish I could give you something to try.
Are you sure these are California White and not Cornish Cross?
Are these the only two you have?
Is the other one this large?
Can I see a photo of that one?
Thank you. Do the other two have this same appearance, other than the missing feathers?
If this is not related to their rapid growth, the other possibility would be neurologic disorder, and the most common would be Mareks.
If there is a veterinarian in your area that will see chickens, it may be best to have one examined to be sure. There is testing that can be done to confirm, but there is no treatment other than supportive care. Since these two are unable to get up and move, I would separate them away from the rest to prevent picking. You could start general supportive care to see how they do. I usually add electrolytes, garlic and raw apple cider vinegar to the drinking water. If they are still on chick feed, I would be sure to switch them to an adult formula now as well.
Best of luck to you and the birds!
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