New chicks won't eat!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gia2490, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. gia2490

    gia2490 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have new chicks tbat won't eat :-( they're drinking plenty of water but it's day 2 and still won't eat a thing...any advice?
     
  2. EnnisLakeFarm

    EnnisLakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the food too big for them? I feed mine fermented feed so its basically mush. I kind of peck at it with my finger to get them to notice it. Once one figures it out the rest soon follow.

    ETA - did you hatch them or buy them?
     
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  3. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of flooring are they on? I line the brooder with paper towels and sprinkle some starter feed on them. They'll usually start pecking at that.
    I also keep the colored parakeet pellets which are very tiny. I use the standard jar topped feeder with the red bottom and sprinkle the colored pellets on top of their starter feed. That usually gets them pecking quickly.
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have just gotten bantams for the first time and I think the starter feed was too large for some of them so for a week or so I threw the chick starter in the blender before giving it to them and it got very fine...no problems eating that.
    I want to start making fermented feed. Just looking for the right container now.
     
  5. EnnisLakeFarm

    EnnisLakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a gallon bucket right now.
     
  6. gia2490

    gia2490 Out Of The Brooder

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    They have regular organic starter feed and they have pine shavings. Our others ate right away but these ones won't. Maybe I'll put some in a blender to see if that helps
     
  7. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's it made of? glass, plastic, rubber or galvanized metal? I was looking for a really big, at least one gallon glass jar. For some reason I thought it had to be glass. I tried fermenting once before and think I left it get too old and it got what I think was mold across the top.
     
  8. Bradfordj

    Bradfordj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can try moistening it so they can handle it better at first, and try marbles or something shiny that they cant eat, put it in the dish and it will give them something to peck at.
     
  9. EnnisLakeFarm

    EnnisLakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently using a plastic east bucket from Walmart (the cheap dollar ones). I have used a five gallon bucket as well when I was feeding more birds.
    There is a thread on the forums called "fermenting feed for meat birds" that is very informative.
     
  10. EnnisLakeFarm

    EnnisLakeFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did they eat yet?
     

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