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At what point do you give up on pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dianaross77, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    My girls won't eat them. They dug through the contents of a 7lbs feeder to find the crumbled pellets and threw the whole pellets on the ground. I haven't gotten any eggs in 2 days and for the last week I've only gotten 2 a day. Before that, even in the heat wave I was getting 4 eggs a day from 4 hens. I can see they've all lost weight. I was trying to be a harda** and stand my ground. They didn't get scratch so they would be hungry. I've held the pellets in my hand like threats, they just bill them out onto the floor. I crumbled up a little in my hands, they dug through it to get to the crumbles and left the pellets. I am not a softie. These girls aren't pets, they're here to make eggs. I only wanted to switch them to pellets because they make such a mess with the crumbles and waste so much. I can put up with getting no eggs for a little while while they get the hang of the pellets. But I'm worried they're just dumb enough to starve themselves to death.


  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Stop filling the feeder--they'll clean up the mess.

    They may be losing weight due to the heat.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well...I don't see them going on a hunger strike to protest, but I'd cave myself, as my girls are pets. You could stick a bunch in the blender (the pellets - not the chickens [​IMG]). At least that way you're not wasting.
    As far as wasting crumbles, just put the feeder up for day and make them clean the floor/ground before putting the feeder back out. Or put a large tray (BIG planter base may work) under your feeder. That way it saves spillage.
  4. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    My girls did the same thing. I gave up and went back to crumbles. I can't have them wasting food and feeding the rodents. Plus egg production went down too. Can't have that either.
  5. When I first switched to pellets my girls wouldn't eat them either![​IMG] I bought a off brand bag of pellets thinking chicken food is chicken food. Well I found out that's not correct! They will eat the pellets if it is a Purina brand![​IMG] Are you feeding Purina?
  6. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    You could stick a bunch in the blender (the pellets - not the chickens ).


    Okay, all that aside, I was thinking of switching to pellets, not gonna do it.​
  7. I have some that refuse the pellets.. and some that hate the crumbles.. so I feed both.. they still make a mess regardless..so I am going to switch to a PVC feeder.. from what I have read they are pretty much a 0 waste kind of feeder

  8. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    The pellets that I got are Armada brand. It is a local feed company. They smell good, like bread. The purina flock raiser smells gross to me. [​IMG] I made a pvc feeder but had to take it down because it got soaked in the rain. I just put a new "lid" on the run and it's nice and dry so I guess I'll go out and put it back up. I just really think these chickens are idiots! I have switched grown ducks and ducklings over to pellets with no problem at all. But I do wonder if that's because the duck pellets I get from the same company have pork products in them. Maybe they taste better. I'm going to go out with a handful of duck pellets and see if they like those. If they do maybe they'll decide to give the layer pellets a try. [​IMG]
  9. Auscal

    Auscal Songster

    Oct 29, 2010
    Maybe try wetting some of the crumbles, to make a type of porridgy mash. This may help them to adjust to the "new flavour" Maybe after a few days, they will find the pellets more palatable.
  10. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Good news! I went out and put the pvc feeder back up. It's a 4" vertical pipe with a sewer clean out on the top as a lid and a plastic rabbit litter pan (for a corner) on the bottom. Being able to see the individual pellets and break them into pieces helped a lot. When I left the run they were all eating. And the litter pan is deep enough to keep them from billing the food out.

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