Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by LazyBee, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. LazyBee

    LazyBee In the Brooder

    Jan 1, 2012
    Purcellville, VA
    So, I got 5lbs of bananas for a dollar at the store cause they were speckled! Perfectly good inside no bruising or anything.

    I tried feeding some to my babies, 1 and 3 weeks old and most of them leave it alone and the few that will give it a try go crazy for the peel and sit on the actual banana as a seat while feasting on the peel... I thought chickens ate lots of stuff, but they're turning up their beaks at apples, kiwi, tofu, green beans, asparagus, rice, strawberries... the list goes on.

    Is this going to change? Should I keep putting the stuff in there to see if they change their minds?

    The only thing they go nuts for is when I chop up weeds from the yard, henbit and chickweed.
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    lol,,it will change trust me. chickens will eat more things then a pig lol. mine got every scrap from house and some tyhings that were jus for them that was on sale at store.
  3. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

    Jun 3, 2011
    Em's Dungeon
    they will definately aquire a taste for it! My hens will eat ANYTHING, it is tough to keep them away from the food I don't want them to eat! LOL
  4. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Songster

    Oct 6, 2010
    I've noticed that young chickens under a year old tend to very picky at first. As they get older, their taste for food tends to widen and they start to eat a wide variety of things(including things you don't want them to eat! [​IMG]). As long as you keep offering food you want them to eat every now and then, they should develop a taste for it. As for banana peels, my Leghorn "Snowbell" once swallowed a banana peel(about 3/4 of a peel)! She digested it and had no problems afterward(though I won't let any of my chickens go near a banana peel again!)
  5. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    Yesterday I gave my 3 & 4 week old chicks some strawberry and out of the 4 of them, only one ate it. The remaining three never touched it.
    If I did the same to my hens, I wouldn't have had any fingers left! [​IMG]

    Don't worry about it, they will eat treats soon.
  6. mammat

    mammat Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    columbus ohio
    My chickens will not eat strawberries at all and only my silkies will eat banannas!
  7. triplepurpose

    triplepurpose Songster

    Oct 13, 2008
    I grow a lot of bananas, and I use the overripe or other cull bananas the way some people use scratch grains. I mix them with the feed, etc. Like scratch, a good source of ready calories. Obviously, all of my chickens love them, devouring them on sight and squabbling over them.

    Chickens have to get used to new things, is all.

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