Hi, asking on behalf of a friend who has recently bought a couple of hens from a local breeder.
These hens have clipped beaks, not unusual I realise, but the seem to be having a bit of trouble eating vegetable matter and I wondered if this was normal?
They eat pellets no problem from the feeder but don't seem interested in much of the vegetable matter offered. They also drink gallons of water and although they are both laying an egg daily, the egg whites seem rather watery.
Could it be that the hens are struggling to peck at the food and are then filling themselves up with water? Which could possibly be affecting their eggs? That is my guess but I have no experience to back it up.
Would you suggest mashing up treats and veg matter to make it more manageable? Is there anything else my friend can do to improve the eating issues and egg quality?