Chickens not eating

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bill Hanrahan, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. Bill Hanrahan

    Bill Hanrahan New Egg

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    I live in Honolulu. My 4 legbar hens were getting into my neighbors' yards, so I clipped their wings (3 of them, the other one got away). This didn't stop them. They got over the fence by jumping on the compost bin and then onto the fence, so I enclosed their run (the three that I could catch). Now they're depressed, won't eat and have stopped laying. Their sister with the unclipped wings hangs around outside the run (I can't catch her), and they get more upset.
    Should I be worried about them not eating? How to catch the other one?
     
  2. beb444

    beb444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this one have your trust? I would put out her favorite treats and try and grab her. Or you could set up a trap...


    I think the key to them eating is getting back the one. Give them treats so at least they eat something.
    Here are some websites I found that might help you catch her
    http://www.wikihow.com/Catch-a-Chicken

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/33254/how-to-catch-a-chicken

    Or you could try putting a roost outside for the one and then catch her on it. Or you could make a makeshift enclosure that she can wander in and out of(like a box with a hole) to keep her safe until you can get her. If you find her in it, drape a towel over the hole and bam! You caught your chicken.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Where does the one roost at night? That's the easiest time to grab them.
    They'll eat when they get hungry enough....they are stressed now because of the change, but they'll get over it.
     
  4. Bill Hanrahan

    Bill Hanrahan New Egg

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    Thanks, I did get a hold of the fourth one. I just took the top off the run and she flew in. The four are back together and eating if not laying. We'll see.
     

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