My hens are not eating well

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Toi-toi, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    I got 6-SS. They used to LOVE to eat pretty much anything.
    Love the feed, love the grass, bugs and treats.
    But in this few day, they are not eating.
    They come out from coop and scratching ground.
    They come to me to get treat.
    But feeder is not going down.
    I checked their crop every night. They are not hard like used to.
    Soft like water ball.

    When I go out with feed with container, they used to eat from container.
    But now, they eat only when I hand fed them.
    I didn't change feed, it's same company and same bag.
    Only thing changed is... one of my hen got killed by hawk (or falcon) last Saturday.
    It happened front of them.

    Do you think they are still in shock???
    Or something going on???
  2. Are they free-range? If they are they could be eating enough bugs and weeds from outside. They are probably still in shock from the hawk but I doubt that would efect there eatinng that much.
    Good Luck!
  3. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    They are not really "free range" this time of the year.
    We still got about 6" or so snow covered ground.
    They will come out a little space around coop that I shoveled snow.
    I see little bit green grass started growing but not much there.

    I hope they will act normal soon...
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I too, don't have much for free ranging yet, but I am wondering if the temperature has mellowed a bit? Cold temps, they need a lot of feed, warmer temps not near so much.

    Mrs K

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