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Hen eating the wrong diet!

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I have a Blue Andulusian hen, she is 9 months old. She is energetic and friendly but she will not eat her food. I have tried layer crumbles and pellets and she is not having it. She only wants to eat things she shouldn't. Her favorite non-foods are paper products, cardboard, paper towels, tissues she's not picky. She did go through a period of time where she ate nothing but chicken poop. She has since stopped doing that and I read they do that when they need protein. I switched her to game feed with higher protein hoping she might like that but no. I am finding her crop empty more than not and her comb is getting smaller and smaller. I know this is happening because of her diet but I don't know what to do with her. She will eat canned cat food but tiny bits at a time. She really doesn't even want treats like meal worms. Does anyone have any advise? I don't want her to starve herself.

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I highly recommend trying fermented feed with her.  Since she will eat wet cat food this will probably work.  

 

Here is an excellent article with a video to get you started:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/no-strain-hot-water-easy-fermented-feed-method-w-video

 

I am also an Andalusian owner and I can tell you that they don't tolerate confinement very well at all!  Does she get to free range?

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Have you used a name brand feed? Just asking because my chickens will every brand of feed I have given them, probably 6 different brands that I have used. But once I bought a brand that Rural King sold because they were out of Nutrena. A clerk told me it was made by the same company, but it was darker colored, and my hens would not eat it. I don't know what the problem was, but I threw out two  50 lb bags after trying everything.

It sounds as though your hen has some sort of food pica which may be because of a vitamin or mineral imbalance. I would try given her vitamins with trace minerals, and offering her some crushed egg shells to eat. Also make sure that she cannot get to the things she is eating by keeping them away from her. She should have enjoyed the gamebird feed, so that is puzzling. Let us know how she does.

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