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I have two feeders in my coop with lay pellets,lately, the feed has been scattered all over the yard, I usually give my chickens a treat twice a day, and boy are they chow hounds, maybe I am giving them too much ??, removed the feeder today to see if they would clean up what is on the ground. I live in the high desert so there isn't much they can scratch around for. I usually give them greens and carrots in the morning and dried worms in the afternoon they are 9 months old and are good layers for the past six  months.don' t like the wasted food.

post #2 of 8

Our birds do the exact same thing

They pick out all the corn and sunflower seeds and scatter the layer pellets everywhere

They never eat it they just leave it for granted.

But if they are hungry enough they will eat it.

I don't think there is anything you can do

post #3 of 8

them's gourmand chickens. I don't blame them. I am sure if the pellets were substituted with some type of insects and fresh greens they would gobble it all up instead.

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Giving the treats in a separate feeder or on the ground if you aren't already would help.  Using a deeper feeder that they can't bill the feed out of would help even more.  Most commercial feeders have a dish that is too shallow and the feed coming out of the magazine comes to close to the top.  So when they peck the feed it can fly out or they look for the choice bit and bill the rest of the food out to find it.

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I just don't get why people don't get it!

Wet their feed with water. I serve all my mash wet. They can't waste it or throw it around that way.

Scratch is thrown on the ground so they get some grit.

You can fall in love with a woman.

You can fall in love with a horse, a dog or a cat.

 

Please, don't fall in love with your food.

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You can fall in love with a woman.

You can fall in love with a horse, a dog or a cat.

 

Please, don't fall in love with your food.

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I just don't get why people don't get it!

Wet their feed with water. I serve all my mash wet. They can't waste it or throw it around that way.

Scratch is thrown on the ground so they get some grit.

Not everyone want to mess with wetting crumble or pellet, dry feed can be much more convenient .

 

This works for me http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aarts-almost-waste-free-funnel-bucket-feeder .....No billing out happens here.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Not everyone want to mess with wetting crumble or pellet, dry feed can be much more convenient .

 

This works for me http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aarts-almost-waste-free-funnel-bucket-feeder .....No billing out happens here.

I see your point. We all do what seems right, right?

You can fall in love with a woman.

You can fall in love with a horse, a dog or a cat.

 

Please, don't fall in love with your food.

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You can fall in love with a woman.

You can fall in love with a horse, a dog or a cat.

 

Please, don't fall in love with your food.

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Originally Posted by BBQJOE View Post
 
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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

Not everyone want to mess with wetting crumble or pellet, dry feed can be much more convenient .

 

This works for me http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/aarts-almost-waste-free-funnel-bucket-feeder .....No billing out happens here.

I see your point. We all do what seems right, right?

True Dat!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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