My chicken can't seem to eat hard feed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NikkiAustin, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. NikkiAustin

    NikkiAustin Hatching

    Mar 21, 2018
    Hi, new member from South Africa. Please can someone advise me, my chicken +/- 4 year old female does not seem to be able to eat hard food. She has been to the vet and was on a course of antibiotics for 7 days, (the vets in this town are more horse vets than chicken vets). She looks better in herself but I have watched her try to eat something hard and she just gives up after poking it around for a while. Banana is about the only thing I have seen her eat. She even gave up on a grape today and they love grapes. I feel so sorry for her I can see she is hungry and excited about the food but she just cant eat it. I am new at this chicky thing so am hoping someone can help. Regards Nikki
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You should probably have a look inside her beak with a flashlight while someone holds her. Look for any growths or yellow sores, and make sure the tongue is okay.
    Mix up a small bowl of the feed and add a lot of water to stir into a thin paste. They will usually eat that, and you may also add a tsp of plain yogurt or some chopped egg. Only mix enogh for one day, and discard it.
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  3. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
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  4. NikkiAustin

    NikkiAustin Hatching

    Mar 21, 2018
    Thanks so much for this advice, will definitely have a good look in the morning and feed as per your suggestions.
  5. camochick96

    camochick96 Songster

    Apr 27, 2017
    North TX
    Use warm water and the feed will be more like consistency of oatmeal faster. ;) Good luck!
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