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Whats wrong with my chickens?
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Scott    Posted 08-26-2004 at 18:46:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 25 laying hens that are kept inside year around. I have had two die recently, about five days between the two. Could not see anything wrong with them. They will be a year old in Dec. The only thing that I have done different is I ran out of feed over the weekend so I gave them some whole corn out of the bin. That was a couple of days before the first one died.


Mike Ga    Posted 08-27-2004 at 14:03:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you don't have grit or small pebbles that chickens can get to then do not feed them whole corn. They have to have the grit to grind up the corn in their gizzards. I only feed my chickens regular feed that I keep in pens . The ones that run loose can eat whole corn but I personally would not feed it to them as it is harder to grind.


Rowdy Yates    Posted 08-26-2004 at 22:17:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
How old was the corn? I know that if they eat there feces it will cause all kinds of infections. Moldy feed and such can cause all kinds of problems too. There is a site that deals alot with gamebirds...(www.shaywood.com)....go to the discussion forum and you'll find a wealth of info which would also apply to (poultry)chickens. You may also find an answer at...(www.backyardchickens.com). Some diseases/avian flus have been known to wipe out entire flocks within a 24 hour period.


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