whole flock has stopped eating

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RedfogsFlock, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

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    It is now day 4, and not one of hens has eaten. Yesterday when I went out to feed, my neighbor stopped me and asked if I had stopped feeding the chickens veges. I was like , no? He said he gave them their weekly veges box and they had no interest in it. As a matter of fact the veges were still there a few hours later. I went out this morning and there was still quite a bit of feed still on the ground from last night. The wild birds are eating very well though.

    Anyone have an idea if this is normal behavior? I've had this flock for close to five years now, and they are well established. They hatch out their own chicks and all. I've had chickens for almost 8 years now and this is a first for me.

    Flock Specs. . .

    17 hens 2 polish, 1 leghorn, 2 buffs, & 12 silkies
    1 rooster silkie roo

    Drinking water,. . . . . yes but very little
    standing in their water. . . . yes
    laying . . . . yes
    no runny noses
    no gaping
    no discharge of any kind
    no open wounds

    eating feed & veges,. . . no
    free range, & coop
    not lethargic
    no deaths
    some are molting

    have 2 broodies right now
    I have hens from 4 months to 7 years
     
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  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Temperature?

    Free-range? Possible heavy duty insect hatch going on? My birds ignore feeding stations when insect hatch heavy.

    Feel crop to see volume tonight then again early in morning. Report then.
     
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  3. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

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    It is hot here in the 100's As for my hens they are hot but have a misting system & their water. When it gets to hot we give them frozen 2 liters to cuddle with & in their water.
    Haven't thought of the insect hatching. We have had a lot of rain lately & the bugs have been out in full force. Oh and yes, our flock gets to free range.

    I will check crops tonight & report tomorrow afternoon. :) When I get home.
     
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Check second time before birds come off roost rather noon. Will indicate whether crops emptying as they should be. Will rule out some weird mass cropbound issue. Doing check at noon will no be informative.
     
  5. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

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    I checked their crops last night. They were all pretty full. I have a chick or two that isn't quite full but full enough. I also checked this morning before they go to snooping and all felt empty.

    So I guess they are ok? Just maybe too hot out for them to eat a bunch.? No one seems to be in any stress at all either. Just really weird, never had a flock do this. They are eating just not their layena I guess. I don't feed scratch in the summer here as it raises their temp, & i'm sure they are hot enough. Instead we do fresh veges, & fruits.
     

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