G'day from downunder.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by oldchookie, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. oldchookie

    oldchookie Hatching

    Dec 22, 2012
    Glad to have found this site and hoping someone can answer a question for me. I live in Northern New South Wales, Australia, and I am retired, a hobby farmer and amongst the menagerie I have ten chooks - all "Isa Brown" or "Lohmann". They are about 4 years old so egg production is starting to slow down. I get around 3 to 4 eggs per day. I have been getting 7-8 daily during the year.

    I have one chook who is blind and I keep her separate from the others as she was getting picked on a lot. I suppose I will keep her isolated until her time comes.

    I have a problem with my chooks seeming to be addicted to sunflower seed. I like to feed them a good 16% protein layer grain but the makers have introduced sunflower seed into it, which I have previously given out separately. Now the girls just pick madly at the grain to get the sunflower seed, leaving a carpet of grain on the floor. I have tried not giving them any more grain for a couple of days but the carpet doesn't seem to diminish. They do get kitchen and vegetable garden scraps too, so I suppose they are fed too well. Has anyone out there had the same problem? I cannot find a chicken feed other than just pellets that does not have the sunflower and I fear if I just feed them pellets that the egg production will really go down.

    Any ideas? Thank you in advance.
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  3. [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Chickens can get spoiled pretty quick. I've just fed mine their morning pellets and walked out a few minutes later to find them at the back door, begging for scratch. I think sitting picking out the sunflower seeds from their food would be a waste of time you can spend doing better things, so cut back on the scraps and treats, so they'll get hungry and eat the grains. Or maybe feed them their grains in the morning and keep the scraps for a late afternoon treat? Also, put the grain in feeders, so they don't mess it up on the floor and waste it. Chicken food is pricey nowadays. Leave the grains in the feeders and don't top it up with a fresh supply for sunflower seed mix until they've eaten some of it. If the food is clean they'll eat it when they're hungry.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings, oldchookie, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I X2 what sumi advised. Best of luck to you and have a Happy New Year!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    X 2 [​IMG] from old sourland. [​IMG]
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  8. Carcajou

    Carcajou Songster

    Jul 3, 2012
    Delhi, New York
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
  9. Sk8inChick(en)

    Sk8inChick(en) Songster

    May 12, 2011
    The Show-Me State
    I'm sorry I can't offer much advice on your feed problem, but I would suggest checking out the Feeding and Watering Your Flock section in the Raising Backyard Chickens forum.

  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California! You've received some good advice here.

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