Are my chickens (3 mon old golden buffs) the only ones not interested on cabbage?

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  1. dolphinlvr4

    dolphinlvr4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told to hang cabbage peices for them to avoid boredom and my girls are scared of it so I took it down n cut a lil up as a treat outside. They can't stand the stuff... Are they "slow" or just picky??
     
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  2. dolphinlvr4

    dolphinlvr4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They seem to be slow to trying new stuff unless it's scratch or mealworms, which they just loce
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It's normal for chickens to be scared of new things. Give them time and they'll figure out that it's a treat and eat it. My chicks used to run away when I gave them greens, but after a day or 2 they devoured it!
     
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    dolphinlvr4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Ty, I'll give it another shot
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Chickens do not like change and are cautious about 'new' things. This is typical of many 'prey' animals. Chop the cabbage into fine pieces and offer a little at a time.
     
  6. dolphinlvr4

    dolphinlvr4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried that n they pecked at it on the ground n still won't eat it Maybe it's cuz it's purple?? Lol
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Mine are the same way with new things - might take a couple days. Or, if they have access to something they like better they will of course go for that.
     
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    dolphinlvr4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. Ty for the info cuz I generally give up after a day or two and of course I'm sure the scratch grains they get doesn't motivate them to try new stuff. Today im gonna try a hard boiled egg, many on this forum say they love it. ; )
     
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    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine had the exact same reaction to cabbage 5 months ago and have never learned to like it. They love collards, mustard and dandelions, so I feed them those and keep the cabbage for me. ; )
     

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