My chicken won't eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chirrup121, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. chirrup121

    chirrup121 Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently discovered (today) that my chicken is vitamin B deficient (so I added vitamin B complex to their water.) However the chicken with the worst symptoms (walking on her legs and seems lethargic) is okay with drinking (if I dip her beak in the water) but she refuses to eat. What do I do? :(
     
  2. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More information would be very helpful.... what have you been feeding.... where do you live... do they get fresh water.... are they free range... how many chickens in what sized coop and run... how old are they.... are young mixed with old birds...
     
  3. chirrup121

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    Feeding: crushed white rice as instructed by seller. Today I mixed in chick starter.

    Live: Syd, Aus

    Fresh water: Yes, I change every few hours, have since changed to vitamin B rich water (dissolved tablet of Vit B complex)

    Free range: ?

    3 small chicks, all 2 weeks old ish, in a 1.2m x 1.2m coop
     
  4. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Feed straight chick starter.... follow label directions... get some chick grit....

    Look at the nutrition chart below.... I think they are starving to death.... No vitamins... 2% fats, not enough.... 7% protein, not enough....

    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5812/2


    Do they have Grit to access so they can grind the food in their crop.... Also is a list of nutrient requirements through several stages of growth...




    TABLE 2-1 Nutrient Requirements of Immature Leghorn-Type Chickens as Percentages or Units per Kilogram of Diet




    White-Egg-Laying Strains

    Brown-Egg-Laying Strains
    Nutrient

    Unit

    0 to 6 Weeks; 450 ga 2,850b

    6 to 12 Weeks; 980 ga 2,850b

    12 to 18 Weeks; 1,375 ga 2,900b

    18 Weeks to First Egg; 1,475 ga 2,900b

    0 to 6 Weeks; 500 ga 2,800b

    6 to 12 Weeks; 1,100 ga 2,800b

    12 to 18 Weeks; 1,500 ga 2,850b

    18 Weeks to First Egg; 1,600 ga 2,850b
    Protein and amino acids
    Crude proteinc

    %

    18.00

    16.00

    15.00

    17.00

    17.00

    15.00

    14.00

    16.00
    Arginine

    %

    1.00

    0.83

    0.67

    0.75

    0.94

    0.78

    0.62

    0.72

    Glycine + serine

    %

    0.70

    0.58

    0.47

    0.53

    0.66

    0.54

    0.44

    0.50

    Histidine

    %

    0.26

    0.22

    0.17

    0.20

    0.25

    0.21

    0.16

    0.18

    Isoleucine

    %

    0.60

    0.50

    0.40

    0.45

    0.57

    0.47

    0.37

    0.42

    Leucine

    %

    1.10

    0.85

    0.70

    0.80

    1.00

    0.80

    0.65

    0.75

    Lysine

    %

    0.85

    0.60

    0.45

    0.52

    0.80

    0.56

    0.42

    0.49

    Methionine

    %

    0.30

    0.25

    0.20

    0.22

    0.28

    0.23

    0.19

    0.21

    Methionine + cystine

    %

    0.62

    0.52

    0.42

    0.47

    0.59

    0.49

    0.39

    0.44

    Phenylalanine

    %

    0.54

    0.45

    0.36

    0.40

    0.51

    0.42

    0.34

    0.38

    Phenylalanine + tyrosine

    %

    1.00

    0.83

    0.67

    0.75

    0.94

    0.78

    0.63

    0.70

    Threonine

    %

    0.68

    0.57

    0.37

    0.47

    0.64

    0.53

    0.35

    0.44

    Tryptophan

    %

    0.17

    0.14

    0.11

    0.12

    0.16

    0.13

    0.10

    0.11

    Valine

    %

    0.62

    0.52

    0.41

    0.46

    0.59

    0.49

    0.38

    0.43

    Fat
    Linoleic acid

    %

    1.00

    1.00

    1.00

    1.00

    1.00

    1.00

    1.00

    1.00

    Macrominerals
    Calciumd

    %

    0.90

    0.80

    0.80

    2.00

    0.90

    0.80

    0.80

    1.80

    Nonphytate phosphorus

    %

    0.40

    0.35

    0.30

    0.32

    0.40

    0.35

    0.30

    0.35
    Potassium

    %

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    Sodium

    %

    0.15

    0.15

    0.15

    0.15

    0.15

    0.15

    0.15

    0.15

    Chlorine

    %

    0.15

    0.12

    0.12

    0.15

    0.12

    0.11

    0.11

    0.11

    Magnesium

    mg

    600.0

    500.0

    400.0

    400.0

    570.0

    470.0

    370.0

    370.0

    Trace minerals
    Manganese

    mg

    60.0

    30.0

    30.0

    30.0

    56.0

    28.0

    28.0

    28.0

    Zinc

    mg

    40.0

    35.0

    35.0

    35.0

    38.0

    33.0

    33.0

    33.0

    Iron

    mg

    80.0

    60.0

    60.0

    60.0

    75.0

    56.0

    56.0

    56.0

    Copper

    mg

    5.0

    4.0

    4.0

    4.0

    5.0

    4.0

    4.0

    4.0

    Iodine

    mg

    0.35

    0.35

    0.35

    0.35

    0.33

    0.33

    0.33

    0.33

    Selenium

    mg

    0.15

    0.10

    0.10

    0.10

    0.14

    0.10

    0.10

    0.10

    Fat soluble vitamins
    A

    IU

    1,500.0

    1,500.0

    1,500.0

    1,500.0

    1,420.0

    1,420.0

    1,420.0

    1,420.0

    D3

    ICU

    200.0

    200.0

    200.0

    300.0

    190.0

    190.0

    190.0

    280.0

    E

    IU

    10.0

    5.0

    5.0

    5.0

    9.5

    4.7

    4.7

    4.7

    K

    mg

    0.5

    0.5

    0.5

    0.5

    0.47

    0.47

    0.47

    0.47

    Water soluble vitamins
    Riboflavin

    mg

    3.6

    1.8

    1.8

    2.2

    3.4

    1.7

    1.7

    1.7

    Pantothenic acid

    mg

    10.0

    10.0

    10.0

    10.0

    9.4

    9.4

    9.4

    9.4

    Niacin

    mg

    27.0

    11.0

    11.0

    11.0

    26.0

    10.3

    10.3

    10.3

    B12

    mg

    0.009

    0.003

    0.003

    0.004

    0.009

    0.003

    0.003

    0.003

    Choline

    mg

    1,300.0

    900.0

    500.0

    500.0

    1,225.0

    850.0

    470.0

    470.0

    Biotin

    mg

    0.15

    0.10

    0.10

    0.10

    0.14

    0.09

    0.09

    0.09

    Folic acid

    mg

    0.55

    0.25

    0.25

    0.25

    0.52

    0.23

    0.23

    0.23

    Thiamin

    mg

    1.0

    1.0

    0.8

    0.8

    1.0

    1.0

    0.8

    0.8

    Pyridoxine

    mg

    3.0

    3.0

    3.0

    3.0

    2.8

    2.8

    2.8

    2.8

    NOTE: Where experimental data are lacking, values typeset in bold italics represent an estimate based on values obtained for other ages or related species.
    a Final body weight.
    b These are typical dietary energy concentrations for diets based mainly on corn and soybean meal, expressed in kcal MEn/kg diet.
    c Chickens do not have a requirement for crude protein per se. There, however, should be sufficient crude protein to ensure an adequate nitrogen supply for synthesis of nonessential amino acids. Suggested requirements for crude protein are typical of those derived with corn-soybean meal diets, and levels can be reduced somewhat when synthetic amino acids are used.
    d The calcium requirement may be increased when diets contain high levels of phytate phosphorus (Nelson, 1984).
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd say they were just plain starving.....not much nutrition in plain white rice (never heard of this feeding practice before).
    Get em on straight up chick starter asap....maybe some multi vitamin and/or probiotic for chicks in water.
     
  6. chirrup121

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    Thanks. The chicken I have who seems quite sick doesn't seem interested in eating though. The others I have started on chick starter.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It may be too far gone, or may have other problems....try giving it some crushed up hard boiled egg yolk and/or some wetted chick starter.

    Any bloody feces in the brooder?
     
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    None, the feces for the very sick one are dark brown/green tinted, for the others are brown after I started them on chick starter
     

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