My three months broilers are not eating

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kingable, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Kingable

    Kingable In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2016
    All conditions been equal,I'm now so worried as I can't make my birds to eat much. I'm so messed up with much ideas that has not worked yet.

    Help pleeeease!!!!!

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Need more information, Kingable..
    Breed of birds, overall health of birds, what you are feeding them now,? what symptoms are they showing other than not eating?
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Crowing

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    The way I understand it, you are supposed to be eating them at 3 months! [​IMG]

    More information definitely previous poster requests.... plus management system ie free range, tractor, penned or barn?
    What ideas have you tried? Did you change their feed suddenly? Sometimes they will go on hunger strike for a couple of days if they don't like a new feed. Generally chickens don't like change.
  4. I agree with @rebrascora. While I am not an expert on broilers I do know they have very short life spans. Eventually their weight (because they grow so unusually fast) becomes too much to bear. And they become very lethargic and their for die of dehydration or starvation. It sounds like your birds are ready to be processed and put out of their misery.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2016

  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I'd suggest posting on the "Meat birds etc" forum, but most meaties reach slaughter weight way before 3 months.

  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging 5 Years

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    I've got 5 Wyndotte 'pullets' about 34wks old, not laying that did the same a last week! They basically stopped/barely ate, I panicked. Had switch feed from DuMore Layer to Flock Raiser with Oyster Shells on the side (ferment their feed) a few days earlier & they gobbled it up. I stopped all treats, just left their FF out over night would be gone in the morning. The odd part is they'ed eat out of my hand, my Mom says the feed is "cold" & my hand warms it up so they prefer it warmed. She maybe right but not sticking their feed in the micro 2 - 3x day!

    Learned seems they go off feed when it get cold, although you'd think it the opposite since we eat more when cold. I was also reassured going to higher protein would satisfy them sooner. Anyway this "begging" them to eat went on for a few days, now they're eating again. Don't know what the problem was/is.

    Mine were pooping & their water level went down, they were lively and no difference in activity, looked fine just barely ate. What ever it was, it "cured" itself. So unless they're acting/looking sick, keep their feed & water available, wait and see. Keep us posted.

  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic 5 Years

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    What kind of broilers are they? What are you feeding them?

  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I never heard of meat birds that wouldn't eat. I think they generally eat themselves to death if not processed early enough.

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