How do I get food into a chicken that won't eat?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by srfjeld, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. srfjeld

    srfjeld Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    My chick has dark green poop and is not feeling well... droopy wing, I posted about this earlier. She's isolated and I'm treating her for cocci (just in case) and I'm giving her water via a syringe every few hours. I read that dark green poop can mean she's not eating enough... well, she's not eating at all. Any suggestions on the best way to feed her?

    Thank you
  2. mommahen64

    mommahen64 Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    Hi, I have a little sick roo and the vet gave me thing to tube feed him with. It takes two people (one to hold the poor little thing and one to put the tube in and feed) but it is quick and isn't too hard. Other than that, I'm a rookie and don't know any other ways. Vet told me to use a mash from the feed I use and a little water (to the consistency of cream of wheat or grits, I guess). Maybe you can try putting a little on her beak? I hope it works out for you.
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Sometimes it's just best to not force things. Sort of like children who don't want to eat when they are sick....sometimes it is nature's way of allowing the body to use energy towards healing instead of digestion. She'll eat when she is ready and drink when she is ready, I imagine. If not, it wasn't meant to be.
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    When goats are sick and don't want to eat, I give them B complex vitamins. I don't know if it will work for chickens but it probably wouldn't hurt to try. Keep her warm, electrolytes in the water. Good luck.
  5. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I've always been able to get mine to eat after giving Gatoraid (red seems to be a favorite). The sugar gives a temporary boost (within minutes) which seems to stimulate appetite. Have a plate of scrambled egg yolk (mix with yogurt if you have it) waiting. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  6. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Kernersville, NC
    I kept my little Cocci chick alive by syringing her a warm mash made of chick starter, the medicated water, and yogurt. They need the strength to fight the illness, in my opinion. I lost her, but before that the times she'd rally and look best were after feedings.

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