Chickens won't eat their Layer! Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cowhlb, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. cowhlb

    cowhlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. My Nana's pullets that are 22 1/2 weeks old. She loves them dearly and they are her first chickens. There are three of them and they are buffs. She switched them to Layer a couple of weeks ago and they seemed to like it. Since a few days ago they haven't been eating their Layer. They will eat other things like pumpkins, tuna, scrambled eggs, etc. They have also been eating cracked corn. They won't even touch their Layer. She mixed their Layer with their old Starter/Grower food and they still won't eat. She tried a different brand of Layer and they still won't eat it. Why? Help and tips would be great! Thanks in advance!
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    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014
  2. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's really strange... Have they been eating a lot of other foods? The only thing I can seem to think of, is that they are getting enough of other foods the boring chicken feed is being ignored. If left without other food for the whole day do they still refuse to eat any chicken feed?
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Pellets or crumbles are not as enticing or as much fun to eat as all the other goodies it sounds like they may be filling up on. I'd try cutting back or cutting out the snacks and corn and see if they start eating their layer feed.
     
  4. cowhlb

    cowhlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are eating a lot of other foods. Yes, my Nana left the food out for a long while without any other better food. They still won't eat. My pulleys which are the same age and came from the same 'group' eat the Layer food.
     
  5. cowhlb

    cowhlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She started feeding the treats when she noticed they were not eating their Layer food.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Stop the treats and cracked corn. Put out the layer feed and another pan of layer feed with water mixed into it (change it daily.) They should really like the feed with water in it. After a few days, take away the feed with water.
     

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