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Ya my chickens don't even eat worms they used to love them now u try and give them to them and hey just look at u like what is that what do I do with it they don't eat spiders they don't eat ants they eat mice and ground moles but none of that stuff my baby 2 and a half month old chick when they went outside my cat had a mouse in its mouth and she went and ripped it out of his mouth and ate it
My chickens only want whatever the other chickens have in their mouths -- worms, leaves, sticks, paper, whatever!
It was 5 years before any of my chickens ate banana. All of a sudden one day they went nuts for it -- go figure?
My farm Mom said chickens/ducks/geese will eat whatever their bodies need.
I laughed when one guy asked why his chickens were eating a styrofoam block in his backyard and someone told him not to worry because the chickens were having fun and the styrofoam would come out the same way it went in!
Birds are silly but I do believe they seek out food/nutrition that their bodies need at different times of the year. In heat waves, molting, etc, they seem to have less appetite and during cold weather and laying cycles they eat everything they find.
Mine went for it right away. I take the kids out to the coop and let them give handfulls to the hens from my feed scoop. They come running to the door and try to jump up on the scoop. They eat it out of their hands as long as they dont throw any on the ground. Once there is some on the ground they eat that and ignore the kids. Tonight one managed to jump on the scoop and try to eat out of it. Of course it knocked most of it to the floor cause i wasnt ready :-) The black one still wont come to us, she stays out of the way and i have to drop some in front of her to get her to eat. She is just too chicken :-)
If they are on the floor that is true. Another reason to keep them off the floor. Mine used to roost in the boxes but since i redesigned the roosts they tend to roost on the roosts now. Many of my design changes were due to info in this forum. Thanks guys (and gals).