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Feed advice please

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Zafina, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Zafina

    Zafina Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all

    We'll as title says I need a little advice myself and my wife are new to raising chickens and everything so far has been a real learning curve however I'm finding I need a little advice as my girls aren't eating there layers pellets we bought them a few weeks back and have been busy building ad dons to the coop we bought ( rip off btw lol won't buy a ready made one again) we have not long had our ladies and reading this forum before buying them I did try to ask the guy what he was feeding them as to give them the same thing how ever he gave me a sack of mixed corn and said they will be fine with this but reading so many posts here that didn't sound right as I thought it was only to be given as an evening treat to see them till next morning I have tried offering layers pellets but there not that interested and I'm pretty sure one of the girls has lost a little weight since I stopped giving them corn also she was laying every day for the first week we had them and has not laid for a week I am also giving them acv with garlic 2 times a week and seaweed supplement in there feed thing is should I keep giving pellets or maybe mix pellets with corn for longer to try ween them off lol? I hung a cabbage up in there run as I've read a lot they enjoy it and keeps them amused however it was gone 2 days later and I only have the 2 girls:/ this makes me think there hungry any advice will be welcome to a newbie. Sorry about my punctuation I'm rubbish at typing

    Cheers .
     
  2. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old r they
     
  3. Zafina

    Zafina Out Of The Brooder

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    The chap I bought them from said there 26 weeks
     
  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The corn should be fed as only a treat, not their main diet. Yes, they all love it and will pass up the balanced and nutritious pellets when you give them both. Just give them corn as a bed time snack. Fill their feeders with the pellets. They will eat them eventually. Some chickens have a preference of crumbles over pellets so you can try wetting down some in a separate bowl and see if they eat it that way. Cabbage is mostly water so it takes quite a bit for them to fill up on that. I would only give them about 1/4 head to keep them eating their pellets. Them eating the entire head doesn't mean they are starving. Just means it's good eating.

    You can always try a different brand of feed if they continue to not eat.
     
  5. Zafina

    Zafina Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok we'll thank you for that another thing I realy would like to ask is I want to treat my girls with stuff but don't want to be stupid how often should I give treats aside from there evening corn? I've been giving them a few grapes and some melon every other day and the odd small hand full of mealworms.

    Thanks again:D
     
  6. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed r flock of orotund fifty table scrapes every day
     
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can give treats every day. The general rule is what they can clean up in 10 minutes or no more than 20% of the diet. That's all relative however. If you are giving treats that are nutritious than I wouldn't worry too much. If you are giving them bread and potato chips (mine's favorite junk food) than limit it.
     
  8. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's veary true u can make chickens just like any pets veary fat and I have seen that in other peoples
     
  9. Zafina

    Zafina Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok that's great I'm not giving them junk food just fruit and mealworms although 1 of my girls realy isn't interested in dried meal worms so I might get some live ones for her the only thing that is bothering me now is her sudden stop in eggs she laid every day for a week after we got her now nothing for 2 weeks but I'll make another thread in the right forum for that.

    Thanks again
     

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