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chicken diet? what is correct?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by L*A*G*, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Hey, not but a few weeks ago I got me 4 more chickens.
    OK what I do is when I let them out in the morning i would
    go get some corn, oyster shell, chicken grit, laying mesh,
    and any appropriate table scraps. mix that up and feed it
    to the chickens.

    while i was gone to a friends house my mom took care of my chickens but she poored corn and mesh in the auto feeder
    to last them a FEW days. I came home yester day, let my
    flock out and saw how grumpy they were or they just was
    Then i saw that 1 of my girls was making a gargle sound!?
    2day i opened her mouth and saw nothing???
    HELP!!! how can i win my chickens back to happy? and that
    gargle sound is so anoying!!! [​IMG] OK done typing [​IMG]

    PLease anything would help, Larra [​IMG]
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  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Cook em up some scrambled eggs for the protein and give them a head of cabbage to peck on and enjoy. Make sure they have good fresh water. AND heat if there is not any in there. Were they totally out of food? What happened exactly to make the gurgling sounds and what do you mean you saw nothing when you opened their beak.
  3. Jonny-Chicken

    Jonny-Chicken In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2008
    Lowbanks, Ontario

    Sounds like your little girls got starved out a little and maybe are upset with you. I would give them a little extra TLC and a treat of some sort. I don't know if you have access to this stuff in December, but my little girls seem to love the leaves from Brocoli plants, they just go nuts...

    Anything like that, something they will consider a treat... but no candy...heehee..

    Good luck.
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    Try giving then a couple of apples if you have some and whatever xtra protien that you can. Are they getting grit as they need that if you are giving corn or scratch .

    let us know how there doing later OK
  5. EliteTempleton

    EliteTempleton Songster

    Aug 9, 2008
    SW MI
    I donno about the gargle sound but they should have:

    1.) A dish for grit
    2.) A dish for oyster shell
    3.) A dish for layer mash *Ok to mix in maybe 25% corn/scratch

    They know what they need, giving it to them all in one dish/mix could be throwing off their nutritional needs.

    Plus it's natural for them to scratch around for seeds, bugs, and other food, hence the term scratch, so no worries just toss a cupful on the ground.

    Hope they get better!
  6. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    uh oh!! sounds like i have been doing wrong! i have tried to seperate it and all they do is eat corn. won't a kid eat the pie before the meal or just not eat the meal? my poor hen is always making that sound when she inhales i think.
  7. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    no i mix enough to last all day. they enjoy scratching to find feed i think. [​IMG]
  8. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    now how is a chicken gonna eat plain grit?

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