Cant get my Black spanish poult to eat crumbles Help!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by monarc23, May 19, 2009.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    It will only devour wax worms, it is what I started it on when I couldn't get it to peck at crumbles, now it waits for me and makes its turkey noises and all but slams itself against the door of the brooder whenit sees me coming (so it can come on my lap to get its waxies). I KNOW feeding it only waxworms isnt going to work. So while I cannot get it to eat crumbles (it will go over to the crumbles while others are eating but instead of pecking at the crumbles it pecks at the beaks of the other chicks I even tried to con it into eating crumbles...I offered a wax that it ate and then i offered a pinch of crumbles it spit them out). What else "wild like" can I offer this baby until I can get it to eat crumbles? What do wild turkey pouts eat? I don't mind offering it "natural" foods...if i have to I have to I just don't want to malnutrition the cutie.

    Not to sound sick...but can I offer it meats?? *sigh* ofcourse the cutest and sweetest of the two has to give me the problems lol. The other one is eating right along with the chicks and enjoys a random waxworm treat.
     
  2. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Niki can you wet the wax and roll it in the crumbles and then feed it? lol this would be like a porkchop with bread crumbs on it [​IMG] Ok sorry. Anyways this might give it the tast of crumbles and the smell and might relate that to food. [​IMG] I'm just guessing here. I'm sure you can feed it hard boiled eggs and other little bugs like crickets and such. I would be afraid it wouldn't grow as fast as the others without the crumbles.


    Good luck

    Julie
     
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. BirdBoy88

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    Here's what i do when i hatch turkeys because i notice to they have a hard time starting off to eat...

    i take them and put them with the chicken chicks...they see the chicken chicks eating the food then they will start to it always works....


    they wont do it right off the back because they are gonna be nervous around the chicks the first few minutes but after a while they do whatever the chicks do LOL
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:I wish that wa the case with Goonie mark [​IMG] He's been in with chicken chicks since he hatched and nothing cept pecking at the chicken chicks beaks when they're in a crumble feeding frenzy. The other poult is perfectly fine eating though... [​IMG] LOL!
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:Julie!!! Thank you!!! Boiled eggs! How stupid of me!!! They are kind of the texture of waxworms!!! What I can do is mix moist crumbles in with boiled egg see if that works! THANK YOU!! Im a dumbie! LOL!

    Collecting your eggs for tomorrooow bTW! [​IMG]
     
  7. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    maybe he is watching his weight? [​IMG]

    i dunno! i hope the poor thing starts eating soon.... i mean i know it's swim suit season but my goodness!
     
  8. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mark, [​IMG] too funny.


    Hey your welcome Niki I'm glad I could help. I can't wait to get my eggs. I'm becoming one of you quail crazy people lol.


    Julie
     
  9. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might try softening the pellets in water to make a mash the poult might eat. You might even try making little dumplings with the mash mixed in and cut them into waxworm shape. You apparently have spoiled this youngun to being handfed waxworms and that is going to be some work. [​IMG]

    Have you tried crushing the pellets into a powder? My turkeys had problems with the pellets for the first 3 days but would eat them out of my hand when crushed.
     
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  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:haha I think youre right! [​IMG] my method backfired (feeding them lives in order to keep them eating... atleast the one converted but this one..ooh noo the cute one has to be the problem child)! LOL!

    I boiled some eggs waiting for them to cool and will also make some "waxworms" (aka moistened and molded into wax worm crumbes)! LO!
     

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