Help my chickens stop eating and laying

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickengeorge1, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Chickengeorge1

    Chickengeorge1 Just Hatched

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    Hi guys I need some help, my chicken are not really eating the layers pellets anymore, not sure if they have gone off it.....what shall I do? They stop laying as well, I know they have just stop molting, it's all new to me.


    They do eat the meal worms and the corn mix.

    Thanks for in advance
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Feed less of the corn mix. Chickens would rather eat 'junk food' rather than pellets. A few things can affect egg production. Age--older hens produce less. Breed: some breeds stop laying in the winter months as they are more affected by the shorter days. Diet: not enough calcium in diet. In this case add crushed oyster shells to the food. Internal parasites-all the nutrients normally used in egg production are going to the parasites. Egg eating-you chickens might be eating the eggs. Hidden nest: the hens are laying in a secluded space.
     
  3. Chickengeorge1

    Chickengeorge1 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much, I will try your advice.


    Thank you
     
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    Are the chickens free-range? Because free-range chickens eat less layer pellets.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Yes, if they fill up on other things, they will leave the layer feed alone. When they get hungry enough they will eat their food. You can tempt them into eating it by misting the food with some water. Chickens LOVE damp layer feed.

    Enjoy BYC!
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Just like kids, they will eat that which tastes best. Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow Welcome To BYC and Happy Holidays!
     
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    First [​IMG] glad you could find the time to join our flock [​IMG]


    Molting is a body changing event for them and now they will rest for a little wile [​IMG]
    but don't worry everything will go back to normal [​IMG]








    gander007
     

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