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What to when my chickens won't eat

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Hello fellow hen raisers,

I've been raising hens for a few years now and know my birds well enough to know that they hate change. This previous weekend I made a feed run and my feed store have changed suppliers. I'm now left with hens who are on strike. I have no more of the old food and need help.
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:welcome

Do your hens enjoy moistened food? Most chickens love when you add water to their feed. This might help them learn to enjoy it. You might also want to try mixing oatmeal or a little cooked egg to their feed. They'll learn to eat it eventually but these are some ideas to help them get started.

 

Good luck!

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F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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post #3 of 5

Add beer.

I don't know if it will help, but I know mine like staying up later and playing cards and stuff when I give it to them.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #4 of 5

Funny Joe!

 

I moisten the feed and add a little apple cider vinegar to it. You do not have to ferment the feed for days either. I tend to make mine in the morning about an hour before feeding time. It swells a LOT so cover the feed to be given with about 1/2 inch of water then let it sit. I also only give them enough of the wet feed that they can finish it within about an hour. We are getting freezing temps so that way it gets eaten before it can freeze.

Cooked rice or oatmeal will also encourage them to take a bite. Don't panic to much they will eat eventually usually.

 

Cooked scrambled egg is a good suggestion too. Mine also go nuts for canned mackerel.

post #5 of 5

Take all treats away and just offer there feed. You can try wetting the feed some with un-sweetened apple juice.

 

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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