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I have a flock of 23 week old red sex links that have stopped eating well.  Cannot figure out why - they look happy and active.  Crops are normal, Clean vents. They will eat greens, just not very interested in their layer pellets which they used to attack.  These chicks are slow to start laying - only get one little egg from 19 chickens every few days.  Any ideas otherwise healthy chickens might not want to eat?  Thanks, Angela Barry

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How much greens/treats are you feeding them? Have you recently switched from crumble to pellet? What's the weather like in your area? Any stress or disturbances in the flock?

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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:welcome

 

At this age, my first thought is they've finished growing and just don't need to eat so much. Seems feed intake decreases about this age as they settle into a maintenance eating plan, instead of extra for growth.

 

As long as they're healthy, nice glossy feathers, no parasite issues or illness, I'd leave them be. Cut out the treats for a few days and I'll bet they pic up on the feed.  

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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