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Anybody have chickens that hate pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Pokes79, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Pokes79

    Pokes79 Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    My chickens will not eat pellets. They only eat crumble and scratch. If I leave it out there will they eventually get hungry enough to eat it?

  2. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    They prefer the scratch but if you feed them straight pellets they will get used to them
  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    I mistakenly bought pellets, they were NOT impressed, they eventually ate them, but prefer the crumbles, might try dampening some so they can taste them, its new for them, they might not realize its edible
  4. JestersEye

    JestersEye Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Mullica Twp., NJ
    I tried pellets once, but my chickens didn't seem to like them. In fact, the only way I finally got them to eat them was to mix it with crumbles in the feeders. Eventually, they ate or spilled most of it. I wound up sprinkling the rest in the run for them to forage... and went back to buying the crumbles ever since.
  5. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    I have a kind of feed they dont like [​IMG] it has turned into the daily snack, If I wet it down and make a mash they go nuts over it. give it to them dry and they wont touch it! If the mash dries out, I have to re-wet it before they'll finish it [​IMG]

    You aren't leaving out scratch for them all the time are you?? Just curious, you know its only a snack, and not actually healthy like the pellets/crumbles are.
  6. startingaflock

    startingaflock In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2009
    My girls will eat the pellets but they prefer the crumble. They eat the crumble much faster than the pellets. I'm sticking to crumble from now on.
  7. naked_heels

    naked_heels In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2008
    Des Moines, IA
    None of my chickens like pellets they just look at it and turn around look at me, it's like what are u feeding me. I thought they would love it since it's 3 dollars more per bag, I thank my chickens for saving me some money LOL.

  8. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    How old are your birds? If they are just at Point of Lay, they might learn to eat the pellets. If they are older, they probably won't ever learn.

    Here is a part of a post from after I took one of my hens to the vet. My girl died the next day, after over 5 weeks of ups and downs.

  9. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    my girls do not like pellets at all they choke on them and they just wont eat them. my girls like layer crumbles sprayed with water and that how i do it but they eat it without spraying it with water too they just choke on the crumbles too its like powder and i dont like how that is so i just wet it and its like oatmeal and they dont choke on that lol. oh and they like the crumbles with whole corn and thats an everyday thing.
  10. Pokes79

    Pokes79 Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    There are six of them all the same age (four or five months old) and one started laying about one month ago.

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