New chicken mom

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by capertsonfarm, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. capertsonfarm

    capertsonfarm New Egg

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    Hello !! I am very excited to be a member and learn from all you experienced farmers !
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Glad you joined!

    Feel free to ask questions!
     
  3. capertsonfarm

    capertsonfarm New Egg

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    I do have a question for ya... I free range my hens during the day and then put them in the coop at night... they are 20 weeks old and I just switched over to layer cruumbles. They will not eat it. :( are they eating enough during the day in the yard/woods ? I don't want them to starve!!
     
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    They are obviously eating something or else they would starve! So they are probably dinning while ranging. They need to eat their layer feed to though. So you may need to confine them for like two days so that they have nothing to eat but layer feed. Also, don't give out many treats until they are eating their layer feed.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Did you gradually change the feed. If not, you can try mixing it with their past feed, increasing the percentage daily over a few days so you sneak in the new food.
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X3, chickens don't like change, if they are not eating the new food try mixing it with the old food to gradually switch over.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good luck and I hope you can get them to eat their food! Try wetting it down a bit....dampen it. Makes it taste better. But yes, if they are out there free ranging all day, they may not be all that hungry. I would do as Mountain Peeps said and keep them confined for a couple days. Mix in some old feed with the new feed and dampen it. They will start eating in no time.

    Welcome to our flock!
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. The other members have given you some good advice regarding your chickens diet, so I'll just say, please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    You've received some good advice already. Good luck with your flock!
     

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