Sick bird after feed change!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bukbugack, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. bukbugack

    bukbugack Out Of The Brooder

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    Last week I switched my birds from an organic lay mash that I get from a local organic farm, to Blue Seal Organic lay pellets. The reason for the change was mainly because I prefer pellets to mash. I switched them straight over. After a couple of days two of my birds developed loose droppings and got pasty butts. Now tonight, one of my EE bantums had a very full crop at bedtime. The other birds were ready to sleep, and she was walking around looking uncomfortable. Strangely, she was attempting to eat, and was drinking too, despite her distended crop.
    First thing in the morning I'm going to get another bag of the old mash. Don't know if it's the new food, or the sudden switch, but I have to get my poor birds back to normal.
    Maybe when they're better, I'll slowly transition them to the regular old Southern States pellets that I used to get from Agway. I would like to go all organic, but it's costly, and I really just want happy, healthy birds. If there is anyone out there in my region that has had good results with a different brand of food I'd welcome suggestions.
     
  2. henryetta

    henryetta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im sorry and hope your little hen is feeling better... I just did a change as well but not strait out, but still wondering if changing from crumbles to pellets will cause what your going through. Crumbles are great for us but accidently got the pellets (both organic feed as well) Not meaning to hijack ya here ;-) just want to bump ya up and hopfully get answers for the both of us...
     
  3. Ldyjarhead

    Ldyjarhead Out Of The Brooder

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    I have ZERO experience with chickens (yet!), but have had horses and I've always been told that it's never a good idea to switch feed all at once. If/when I switched feeds on any of my critters it was always a gradual thing, mixing a little more of the new feed each time (even with my dog, switching from puppy to adult food).

    I don't know if chickens may be any different, but why chance it?
     
  4. bukbugack

    bukbugack Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday I started the birds on 75% old feed/25% new feed. Everyone seems fine so far.
     
  5. henryetta

    henryetta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always do the gradule too. I'm most worried that they won't eat the pellets cause I've heardthat before.
     
  6. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We gradually switched them from grower crumbles to layer crumbles to layer pellets. The slow transition seemed to work. They waste a lot less and don't mind the pellets one bit now.
     
  7. henryetta

    henryetta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats really good to hear!! I really didnt mean to get the *pellets* vers the crumble, but am surly hoping that they take to them, and then possibly stick to them... thanks for the encouragement [​IMG]
     
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