what too feed beakless chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by colster10000, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. colster10000

    colster10000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have recently gotten 3 red star and 1 rhode island red hens *WITH OUT beaks! i tried every thing to feed them but they just couldnt eat it because of the flat beaks so i tried noodles and they where able to slerp them all up but i couldnt just feed them noodles for every so i malled of corn and wet it down and they ate it all so thats what i'v been feeding them.
     
  2. erlibrd

    erlibrd Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That is very sad, I'm sorry to hear it. How old are they? [​IMG]
     
  3. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have a rhode island hen and they cut her upper beak and I feed her the same feeds as I do the rest of my flock. Mix Scratch, egg layers and I mix those two and aside from that l, I put warm milk in a bowl and day old bread, or sometimes I make them oatmeals. Now I read somewhere the list of things chickens will eat, forgot where though. But I'm sure if you google it, something will come out. Good luck [​IMG]

    P.S I got this from an old mans farm and he said he received some like that, and he said some people cut that at a young age so that when they start laying eggs, they can't beak and crack their eggs for feeding. So sad [​IMG]
     
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  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can they eat pelletized feed from a trough? They surely can not free range, that is certain. I bought 24 from a hatchery and I would not do that to any of mine. I would just kill an egg-eater. Mine will eat an egg if it is broken, but will not touch one that is not. I even found one out in the run one day and it was intact.
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  5. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another main reason they "de beak" chickens is because it makes it impossible to peck each other, pull feathers, etc. Not that it's right, but for these hatcheries or production places that produce eggs/meat birds, they almost have no choice sadly. You keep so many birds in such tight quarters and they will maul each other.
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Debeaked (extensively beak-trimmed) chickens can usually eat FINE as long as you give them a good depth of food (and the food is something like mash or crumbles). They can't pick it up off a hard surface liek the ground or a thin scattering of food in a dish but if you fill a dish with an inch or more of food they do fine.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what I was going to suggest, too. They need the food to be deeper, so they can kind of scoop it up.
     

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