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food dilemma

over the weekend my hens have gone completely off there food ,just picked a little this morning ,laying great , didn't change food ,give layers pellets & barley in eve , never happened before an ideas

shannon mist
Monday, February 8th, 2021

Do you give them scraps or treats?
Do they have water all day?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 8th, 2021

yes plenty of water ,I would give them cooked potato peeling most days ,

shannon mist
Monday, February 8th, 2021

I'd cut out the barley. How old are they?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 8th, 2021

2yrs to 6yrs a mixture of breeds too

shannon mist
Monday, February 8th, 2021

Do they free range?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, February 8th, 2021

Some say that the tannin in the potato skins isn't good for the hens and over long periods it builds up. Are there shoots or green areas on the skins? I know it has always been done but it might be worth stopping it for a while and see if it helps. Whole wheat is better for hens than barley.

Joseph lawler
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

I suggest just giving the layers' pellets.
Barley or wheat they love but it has no nutrients or calcium.
Try stopping the treats and scraps and they should get back to normal.

Sulky Bantam
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Barley goes through without giving any benefit but wheat does. If fed in the evening it is digested slowly and keeps them warm for the night.

Joseph lawler
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Back to you Shannon mist. How are your hens eating now?

Joseph lawler
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

^^^

Sulky Bantam
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

I give mine layeres in the mornings then mixed scatch grain mid day then warm milk and marshmellows in the evenings and off to bed then with a few hot water bottles in the coups with them for these cold days havn't had any trouble yet.😉

paddycrawford
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

I've cut out the scraps not impressed with only layers pellets this morning ,they ate some not much really.

shannon mist
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

they're still laying right?

Do they free range?

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

still laying ,bit not free ranging due to avian flu , anyone know when we can left off poultry again

shannon mist
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Where in the country are you

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021


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